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Solar sail orbits at the Earth-Moon libration points

Simo, Jules and McInnes, Colin R. (2009) Solar sail orbits at the Earth-Moon libration points. Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, 14 (12). pp. 4191-4196. ISSN 1007-5704

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    Abstract

    Solar sail technology offers new capabilities for the analysis and design of space missions. This new concept promises to be useful in overcoming the challenges of moving throughout the solar system. In this paper, novel families of highly non-Keplerian orbits for solar sail spacecraft at linear order are investigated in the Earth-Moon circular restricted three body problem, where the third body is a solar sail. In particular, periodic orbits near the collinear libration points in the Earth-Moon system will be explored along with their applications. The dynamics are completely different from the Earth-Sun system in that the Sun line direction constantly changes in the rotating frame but rotates once per synodic lunar month. Using an approximate, first order analytical solution to the nonlinear nonautonomous ordinary differential equations, periodic orbits can be constructed that are displaced above the plane of the restricted three-body system. This new family of orbits have the property of ensuring visibility of both the lunar far-side and the equatorial regions of the Earth, and can enable new ways of performing lunar telecommunications.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 8068
    Notes: Also presented at 2nd Conference on Nonlinear Science and Complexity (NSC'08), 28-31 Jul 2008, Porto, Portugal.
    Keywords: periodic orbit, solar sail, circular restricted three-body problem, space travel, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Control and Systems Engineering
    Subjects: Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery
    Technology > Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
    Department: Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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      Depositing user: Ms Katrina May
      Date Deposited: 27 May 2009 15:59
      Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 23:43
      URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/8068

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