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Designing displaced lunar orbits using low-thrust propulsion

Simo, J. and McInnes, C.R. (2010) Designing displaced lunar orbits using low-thrust propulsion. Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 33 (1). pp. 259-265. ISSN 0731-5090

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    Abstract

    The design of spacecraft trajectories is a crucial task in space mission design. Solar sail technology appears as a promising form of advanced spacecraft propulsion which can enable exciting new spacescience mission concepts such as solar system exploration and deep space observation. Although solar sailing has been considered as a practical means of spacecraft propulsion only relatively recently, the fundamental ideas are by no means new (see McInnes1 for a detailed description). A solar sail is propelled by re ecting solar photons and therefore can transform the momentum of the photons into a propulsive force. This article focuses on designing displaced lunar orbits using low-thrust propulsion.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 13098
    Keywords: periodic orbits, solar sail propulsion, solar electric propulsion, earth-moon libration points, linear dynamics, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computational Mechanics, Control and Systems Engineering
    Subjects: Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery
    Technology > Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
    Department: Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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    Depositing user: Ms Katrina May
    Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2009 12:07
    Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 11:13
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/13098

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