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Orbits in a generalized two-body problem

McInnes, C.R. (2003) Orbits in a generalized two-body problem. Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 26 (5). pp. 743-749. ISSN 0731-5090

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Abstract

The two-body problem is a well-known case of the general central force problem with an attractive, inverse square force. However, there are forms of spacecraft propulsion, such as solar sails and minimagnetospheric plasmapropulsion, which generate a repulsive, inverse square force. Because this force can be modulated, a more general central force problem is then formed. Such a problem is investigated and the families of orbits available using both forward integration and an inverse approach are explored. Both are used to explore various modes of transfer between circular coplanar orbits and to determine strategies for escape.

Item type: Article
ID code: 6246
Keywords: guidance systems, orbits, space travel, solar sails, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics, Applied Mathematics, Control and Systems Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Space and Planetary Science, Aerospace Engineering
Subjects: Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery
Technology > Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Department: Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2008
Last modified: 15 Apr 2015 08:36
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URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/6246

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