Design and Applications of Solar Sail Periodic Orbits in the Non-Autonomous Earth-Moon System

Jeannette Heiligers, Malcolm Macdonald, Jeffrey S. Parker

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Solar sailing has great potential for a range of high-energy and long duration mis-sions in the Sun-Earth system. This paper extends this potential to the non-autonomous Earth-Moon system through the use of a differential correction scheme, and by selecting suitable in-plane and out-of-plane sail steering laws to develop new families of solar sail libration point orbits that are periodic with the Sun’s motion around the Earth-Moon system. New orbits include those that bifur-cate from the natural Lyapunov, halo and eight-shaped orbit families at the first and second Lagrange points. The potential of these orbits is demonstrated by con-sidering the performance of a subset of orbits for high-latitude Earth observations, lunar far-side communications, and lunar South Pole coverage.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Vail, Colorado, USA
EditorsJ.D. Turner, G.G. Wawrzyniak, W.T. Cerven, M. Majji
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventAAS/AIAA astrodynamics specialist conference - Springfield, Vail, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 201513 Aug 2015


ConferenceAAS/AIAA astrodynamics specialist conference
CountryUnited States

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