Picture of smart phone in human hand

World leading smartphone and mobile technology research at Strathclyde...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde's Open Access research outputs. Strathprints provides access to thousands of Open Access research papers by University of Strathclyde researchers, including by Strathclyde researchers from the Department of Computer & Information Sciences involved in researching exciting new applications for mobile and smartphone technology. But the transformative application of mobile technologies is also the focus of research within disciplines as diverse as Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Biomedical Enginering, among others.

Explore Strathclyde's Open Access research on smartphone technology now...

Control of solar sail periodic orbits in the elliptic three-body problem

Biggs, James D. and McInnes, Colin R. and Waters, Thomas (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 1533-3884

[img]
Preview
Text (strathprints007431)
strathprints007431.pdf - Accepted Author Manuscript

Download (489kB) | Preview

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.