Solar-sail quasi-periodic orbits in the sun–earth system

Alvaro Fernandez Mora, Jeannette Heiligers

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A study offers a catalog on solar-sail quasi-periodic orbits that can be directly used for mission design to set quasi-periodic orbits as departure or arrival invariant objects. To model the motion of the solar-sail propelled spacecraft, researchers consider the dynamic framework of the circular restricted three-body problem (CR3BP) perturbed with an acceleration induced by solar radiation pressure (SRP). In such a model, the sun and the Earth move in circular orbits around their common barycenter, exclusively attracting each other. The motion of the solar sail is governed by the vector field induced by the gravitational pull of the primaries and the SRP. The primaries are assumed to be point masses, and the solar sail is assumed to be massless.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1740-1749
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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