Biggs, J.D. and McInnes, C.R. and Waters, T. (2008) Stabilizing periodic orbits above the elliptic plane in the solar sail 3body problem. In: 59th International Astronautical Congress, 20080929  20081003, Glasgow, Scotland.

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Abstract
We consider periodic orbits high above the ecliptic plane in the Elliptic Restricted ThreeBody Problem where the third massless body is a solar sail. Periodic orbits above the ecliptic are of practical interest as they are ideally positioned for the yearround constant imaging of, and communication with, the poles. Initially we identify an unstable periodic orbit by using a numerical continuation from a known periodic orbit above the ecliptic in the circular case with the eccentricity as the varying parameter. This orbit is then used to construct a reference trajectory for the sail to track. In addition we illustrate an alternative method for constructing a periodic reference trajectory based on a timedelayed feedback mechanism. The reference trajectories are then tracked using a linear feedback regulator (LQR) where the control actuation is delivered by varying the solar sails orientation. Using this method it is shown that a 'near term' solar sail is capable of performing stable periodic motions high above the ecliptic.
Item type:  Conference or Workshop Item (Paper) 

ID code:  6984 
Keywords:  solar sails, orbits, elliptic plane, three body problem, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Physics, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Control and Systems Engineering 
Subjects:  Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery Science > Physics Technology > Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics 
Department:  Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Depositing user:  Strathprints Administrator 
Date Deposited:  19 Sep 2008 
Last modified:  18 Jun 2015 05:51 
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URI:  http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/6984 
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