Control of solar sail periodic orbits in the elliptic three-body problem

James D. Biggs, Colin R. McInnes, Thomas Waters

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Abstract

A solar sail essentially consists of a large mirror that uses the momentum change due to photons reflecting off the sail for its impulse. Solar sails are therefore unique spacecraft, as they do not require fuel for propulsion [1]. In this Note we consider using the solar sail to continuously maintain a periodic orbit above the ecliptic plane using variations in the sail's orientation. Positioning a spacecraft continuously above the ecliptic would allow continuous observation and communication with the poles.
LanguageEnglish
Pages318-320
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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Three-body Problem
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Ecliptic
Elliptic Problems
Periodic Orbits
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Poles
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Keywords

  • solar sails
  • elliptic three-body problem
  • elliptic plane
  • space travel
  • space communications

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Biggs, James D. ; McInnes, Colin R. ; Waters, Thomas. / Control of solar sail periodic orbits in the elliptic three-body problem. In: Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 2009 ; Vol. 32, No. 1. pp. 318-320.
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In: Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 32, No. 1, 01.01.2009, p. 318-320.

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