End-to-end Trajectory Design for a Solar-sail-only Pole-sitter at Venus, Earth, and Mars

Heiligers, J., Vergaaij, M. and Ceriotti, M. (2019) End-to-end Trajectory Design for a Solar-sail-only Pole-sitter at Venus, Earth, and Mars. In: 5th International Symposium on Solar Sailing (ISSS 2019), Aachen, Germany, 30 July - 2 Aug 2019,

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Abstract

The concept of a pole-sitter has been under investigation for many years, showing the capability of a low-thrust propulsion system to maintain a static position along a planet’s polar axis. Such a position provides a view of the planet’s polar regions equivalent to that of the low- and mid-latitudes from geostationary orbit. Previous work has hinted at the existence of pole-sitters that would only require a solar sail to provide the necessary propulsive thrust if a slight movement around the polar axis is allowed, without compromising on the continuous view of the planet’s polar region (a so-called quasi-pole-sitter). This paper conducts a further in-depth analysis of these high-potential solar-sail-only quasi-pole-sitters and presents a full end-to-end trajectory design: from launch and transfer to orbit design and orbit control. The results are the next stepping stone towards strengthening the feasibility and utility of these orbits for continuous planetary polar observation.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:Merel Vergaaij gratefully acknowledges the College of Science and Engineering (University of Glasgow) for supporting this work. Matteo Ceriotti would like to thank the James Watt School of Engineering (University of Glasgow) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE Conference Grant EAC/KDF/OFFER/19/046) for supporting this work.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ceriotti, Dr Matteo and Vergaaij, Miss Merel
Authors: Heiligers, J., Vergaaij, M., and Ceriotti, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the author
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