Transfers to sticky distant retrograde orbits

Christopher J. Scott, David B. Spencer

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A study was conducted to explore transfers to sticky distant retrograde orbits in the sun-Earth system, extending the methodologies. Sticky regions retained orbits characterized by a dynamical lifetime longer than predicted by the Lyapunov time. A differential-correction algorithm was developed that modified the terminal radial velocity for transfers following sets of collision that existed across energy surfaces piercing the sun-Earth line. A small impulsive stabilizing maneuver was performed to insert into a stable quasi-periodic distant retrograde orbit (QPDRO) after a coasting phase. The transfer resulted result in significant fuel savings compared to direct insertion into the SPDRO.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1940-1946
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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