On the a and g families of orbits in the Hill problem with solar radiation pressure and their application to asteroid orbiters

García Yárnoz, D., Scheeres, D. J. and McInnes, C. R. (2015) On the a and g families of orbits in the Hill problem with solar radiation pressure and their application to asteroid orbiters. Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, 121(4), pp. 365-384. (doi:10.1007/s10569-015-9604-9)

García Yárnoz, D., Scheeres, D. J. and McInnes, C. R. (2015) On the a and g families of orbits in the Hill problem with solar radiation pressure and their application to asteroid orbiters. Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, 121(4), pp. 365-384. (doi:10.1007/s10569-015-9604-9)

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Abstract

The focus of this paper is on the exploration of the a and g-g families of planar symmetric periodic orbits around minor bodies under the effect of solar radiation pressure (SRP). An extended Hill problem with SRP allows the study of spacecraft trajectories in the vicinity of asteroids orbiting the Sun. The evolution of the a and g-g families is presented with SRP increasing from the classical Hill problem to levels characteristic of current and future planned missions to minor bodies, as well as one extreme case with very large SRP for a small asteroid. In addition, the implications of considering a spherical body are analysed, in terms of trajectories colliding with the asteroid and eclipses, which limits the feasibility of various family branches. Finally, the influence of SRP on the linear stability of feasible orbits is calculated.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McInnes, Professor Colin
Authors: García Yárnoz, D., Scheeres, D. J., and McInnes, C. R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy
Publisher:Springer Netherlands
ISSN:0923-2958
ISSN (Online):1572-9478
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
First Published:First published in Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy 121(4):365-384
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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