Orbit and attitude stability criteria of solar sail on the displaced orbit

Junquan Li, Mark Post, George Vukovich

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The polar regions of the Earth are of particular interest to spacecraft missions in terms of monitoring, provision of communications and resource exploration, and biasing the coverage provided in northern latitudes also has commercial advantages. This paper studies orbit and attitude stability criteria for a solar sail spacecraft that could serve this region and possible strategies for acquisition using the limited resources to miniaturized spacecraft without a propulsion system. A coupled orbit and attitude stability analysis for a spacecraft using solar radiation pressure for displaced orbits provides results based on stability and controllability criteria.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAstrodynamics 2015
EditorsManoranjan Majji, James D. Turner, Geoff G. Wawrzyniak, William Todd Cerven
Place of PublicationSan Diego, California
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2015
EventAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2015 - Colorado, Vail, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 201513 Aug 2015

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
PublisherUnivelt, Incorporated


ConferenceAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • polar regions
  • spacecraft missions
  • northern lattitudes
  • stability criteria
  • orbit
  • solar sail spacecraft


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