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Non-Keplerian orbits for Mars solar reflectors

McInnes, C.R. (2002) Non-Keplerian orbits for Mars solar reflectors. JBIS, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 55 (3-4). pp. 74-84. ISSN 0007-084X

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Abstract

The use of large solar reflectors to increase the insolation of Mars as part of a terraforming effort has been considered by several authors. This paper investigates the orbital dynamics of the problem in some detail and identifies a family of displaced, highly non-Keplerian planetary orbits suitable for the task. The stability properties of this family of orbits and the effect of orbit perturbations are investigated with a sub-group of passively stable orbits identified. Requirements for mirrors utilizing these passively stable orbits are also assessed and operational issues discussed. Finally, the use of static equilibria for solar reflectors on the night-side of Mars is considered and shown to be inefficient, or indeed impossible, due to the significant losses from the system.

Item type: Article
ID code: 6230
Keywords: terraforming, climate control, solar reflectors, solar sails, orbital mechanics, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Space and Planetary Science, Aerospace Engineering
Subjects: Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery
Department: Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2008
Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 15:00
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/6230

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