Solar sailing and solar electric technology provide alternative forms of spacecraft propulsion. These propulsion systems can enable exciting new space-science mission concepts such as solar system exploration and deep space observation. The aim of this work is to investigate new families of highly non-Keplerian orbits, within the frame of the Earth-Moon circular restricted three-body problem (CRTBP), where the third massless body utilizes a hybrid of solar sail and a solar electric thruster. The augmented thrust acceleration is applied to ensure a constant displacement periodic orbit above L2, leading to simpler tracking from the lunar surface for communication applications. Using an approximate, first order analytical solution to the nonlinear non-autonomous ordinary differential equations, periodic orbits can be derived that are displaced above/below the plane of the CRTBP.
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2009|
|Event||19th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting - Georgia, USA|
Duration: 8 Feb 2009 → 12 Feb 2009
|Conference||19th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting|
|Period||8/02/09 → 12/02/09|
- solar sails
- periodic orbits