Design and applications of solar sail periodic orbits in the non-autonomous Earth-Moon system

Maria Heiligers, Malcolm Macdonald, Jeffrey S. Parker

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Abstract

Solar sailing has great potential for a range of high-energy and long duration mis-sions in the Sun-Earth system. This paper extends this potential to the non-autonomous Earth-Moon system through the use of a differential correction scheme, and by selecting suitable in-plane and out-of-plane sail steering laws to develop new families of solar sail libration point orbits that are periodic with the Sun’s motion around the Earth-Moon system. New orbits include those that bifur-cate from the natural Lyapunov, halo and eight-shaped orbit families at the first and second Lagrange points. The potential of these orbits is demonstrated by con-sidering the performance of a subset of orbits for high-latitude Earth observations, lunar far-side communications, and lunar South Pole coverage.
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2015
EventAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2015 - Colorado, Vail, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 201513 Aug 2015

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ConferenceAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2015
CountryUnited States
CityVail
Period9/08/1513/08/15

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Keywords

  • solar sailing
  • earth-moon libration points
  • high latitude observation
  • lunar south pole observation
  • lunar far side observation

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Heiligers, M., Macdonald, M., & Parker, J. S. (2015). Design and applications of solar sail periodic orbits in the non-autonomous Earth-Moon system. Paper presented at AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2015, Vail, United States.
Heiligers, Maria ; Macdonald, Malcolm ; Parker, Jeffrey S. / Design and applications of solar sail periodic orbits in the non-autonomous Earth-Moon system. Paper presented at AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2015, Vail, United States.20 p.
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Heiligers, M, Macdonald, M & Parker, JS 2015, 'Design and applications of solar sail periodic orbits in the non-autonomous Earth-Moon system' Paper presented at AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2015, Vail, United States, 9/08/15 - 13/08/15, .

Design and applications of solar sail periodic orbits in the non-autonomous Earth-Moon system. / Heiligers, Maria; Macdonald, Malcolm; Parker, Jeffrey S.

2015. Paper presented at AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2015, Vail, United States.

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Heiligers M, Macdonald M, Parker JS. Design and applications of solar sail periodic orbits in the non-autonomous Earth-Moon system. 2015. Paper presented at AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2015, Vail, United States.