Displaced periodic orbits with low-thrust propulsion

Jules Simo, Colin R. McInnes

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Abstract

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.

Conference

Conference19th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
CityGeorgia, USA
Period8/02/0912/02/09

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Propulsion
Orbits
Spacecraft propulsion
Solar system
Moon
Ordinary differential equations
Earth (planet)
Communication

Keywords

  • solar sails
  • spacecraft
  • propulsion
  • periodic orbits

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Simo, J., & McInnes, C. R. (2009). Displaced periodic orbits with low-thrust propulsion. Paper presented at 19th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Georgia, USA, .
Simo, Jules ; McInnes, Colin R. / Displaced periodic orbits with low-thrust propulsion. Paper presented at 19th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Georgia, USA, .
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2009. Paper presented at 19th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Georgia, USA, .

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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