Solar sail orbits at artificial Sun-Earth libration points

Colin R. McInnes, Hexi Baoyin

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Abstract

In this Note a new family of solar sail orbits will be investigated in the sun-Earth circular restricted three-body problem. It will be shown that periodic orbits can be developed that are displaced above or below the plane of the restricted three-body system. Whereas traditional halo orbits are centered on the classical libration points, these new orbits are associated with artificial libration points. The orbits are retrograde, circular orbits with a period half that of the orbit period of the two primary masses of the problem. Numerical analysis of stability and controllability of the orbits shows that the orbits are unstable but completely controllable with both lightness number (sail areal density) and sail attitude.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1328-1331
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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Restricted Three-body Problem
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Keywords

  • solar sails
  • orbits
  • space engineering
  • guidance systems

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McInnes, Colin R. ; Baoyin, Hexi. / Solar sail orbits at artificial Sun-Earth libration points. In: Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 2005 ; Vol. 28, No. 6. pp. 1328-1331.
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In: Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 28, No. 6, 2005, p. 1328-1331.

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