Title

Stationkeeping Method for Libration Point Trajectories

Abstract

Three-dimensional orbits in the vicinity of the interior libration point (L1) of the Sun-Earth/Moon barycenter system are currently being considered for use with a number of missions planned for the 1990s. Since such libration point trajectories are, in general, unstable, spacecraft moving on these paths must use some form of trajectory control to remain close to their nominal orbit. The primary goal of this effort is the development of a stationkeeping strategy applicable to such trajectories. A method is presented that uses maneuvers executed (impulsively) at discrete time intervals. The analysis includes some investigation of a number of the problem parameters that affect the overall maneuver costs. Simulations are designed to provide representative stationkeeping costs for a spacecraft moving in a libration point trajectory, and preliminary results are summarized.

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 1993 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), All rights reserved.

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