Designing displaced lunar orbits using low-thrust propulsion

Simo, Jules and McInnes, Colin R. (2010) Designing displaced lunar orbits using low-thrust propulsion. Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 33 (1). pp. 259-265. ISSN 1533-3884

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    Abstract

    The design of spacecraft trajectories is a crucial task in space mission design. Solar sail technology appears as a promising form of advanced spacecraft propulsion which can enable exciting new space science mission concepts such as solar system exploration and deep space observation. Although solar sailing has been considered as a practical means of spacecraft propulsion only relatively recently, the fundamental ideas are by no means new (see McInnes1 for a detailed description). A solar sail is propelled by re ecting solar photons and therefore can transform the momentum of the photons into a propulsive force. This article focuses on designing displaced lunar orbits using low-thrust propulsion.