Transfers to periodic distant retrograde orbits

Christopher J. Scott, David B. Spencer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The existence of collision orbits in the vicinity of the distant retrograde region is welldocumented in works involving satellite capture. This study utilizes the orderly arrangement of collision regions and a dynamical analysis to facilitate a focused sampling of phase space. This limited sampling provides an accurate guess for predictor-corrector algorithms for an arbitrary number of transfer types. A procedure is outlined that calculates favorable insertion points in terms of transfer time and ΔV. The relationship between families of transfer orbits and the morphology of phase space near the distant retrograde region is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAstrodynamics 2009 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
Number of pages22
StatePublished - 2010
EventAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: Aug 9 2009Aug 13 2009

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


OtherAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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