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Control of solar sail periodic orbits in the Elliptic Three-Body problem

Biggs, J.D. and McInnes, Colin (2009) Control of solar sail periodic orbits in the Elliptic Three-Body problem. Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 32 (1). pp. 318-320. ISSN 0731-5090

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Abstract

A Solar sail essentially consists of a large mirror that uses the momentum change due to photons reflecting off the sail for its impulse. Solar sails are therefore unique spacecraft, as they do not require fuel for propulsion [1]. In this Note we consider using the solar sail to continuously maintain a periodic orbit above the ecliptic plane using variations in the sail's orientation. Positioning a spacecraft continuously above the ecliptic would allow continuous observation and communication with the poles.

Item type: Article
ID code: 7431
Keywords: solar sails, elliptic three-body problem, elliptic plane, space travel, space communications, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Control and Systems Engineering, Space and Planetary Science
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: 22 Jan 2009 10:27
Last modified: 21 May 2015 10:09
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/7431

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