On target for Venus – set oriented computation of energy efficient low thrust trajectories
Source: Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, Volume 95, Numbers 1-4, May 2006 , pp. 357-370(14)
Abstract:Recently new techniques for the design of energy efficient trajectories for space missions have been proposed that are based on the circular restricted three body problem as the underlying mathematical model. These techniques exploit the structure and geometry of certain invariant sets and associated invariant manifolds in phase space to systematically construct energy efficient flight paths. In this paper, we extend this model in order to account for a continuously applied control force on the spacecraft as realized by certain low thrust propulsion systems. We show how the techniques for the trajectory design can be suitably augmented and compute approximations to trajectories for a mission to Venus.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2006-05-01