Sun-Earth Libration Point Trajectories That Avoid the Solar Exclusion Zone
Three-dimensional orbits in the restricted three-body problem have been the subject of a number of recent studies. One type of three-dimensional, quasi-periodic orbit that emanates from the general vicinity of the collinear libration points is known as a 'Lissajous' trajectory. Future mission plans include trajectories near the interior libration point (L1) in the Sun-Earth system and may consider Lissajous orbits as part of the trajectory design. Such orbits may be constrained, however, to remain beyond the region of the solar disk as viewed from Earth. This effort involves the numerical determination of Lissajous trajectories of arbitrary, but predetermined, length that never violate such a constraint as a result of maneuvers directed, in general, perpendicular to the ecliptic plane
H. Pernicka and K. C. Howell, "Sun-Earth Libration Point Trajectories That Avoid the Solar Exclusion Zone," Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, American Astronautical Society, Jan 1990.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Equations of Motion; Mathematical Techniques-Numerical Methods; Space Flight-Interplanetary Flight
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