Feedback stabilization of displaced periodic orbits: applications to binary asteroids

Jules Simo, Colin McInnes

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This paper investigates displaced periodic orbits at linear order in the circular restricted Earth-Moon system (CRTBP), where the third massless body utilises a hybrid of solar sail and solar electric propulsion (SEP). A feedback linearisation control scheme is implemented to perform stabilisation and trajectory tracking for the nonlinear system. Next, attention is directed to binary asteroid systems as an application of the restricted problem. The idea of combining a solar sail with an SEP auxiliary system to obtain a hybrid sail system is important especially due to the challenges of performing complex trajectories.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-115
Number of pages10
JournalActa Astronautica
Early online date27 Nov 2013
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
Event22nd AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting - Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Duration: 29 Jan 20122 Feb 2012


  • feedback control
  • linearisation techniques
  • stabilisation
  • binary asteroid systems
  • non-Keplerian orbits
  • circular restricted three-body problem
  • circular restricted Earth-Moon system (CRTBP)
  • asymptotic stability

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