Transfers to sticky distant retrograde orbits

Christopher J. Scott, David B. Spencer

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This study extends techniques developed in a previous study to single impulse transfers and transfers to quasi-periodic orbits. A single impulse transfer takes the spacecraft to the fringes of the stability region where it can reside for an extended period of time in a sticky orbit. These transfers are useful for spacecraft with no propulsive mechanism. The latter involves insertion into a sticky orbit before stabilizing maneuver into a quasi-periodic orbit within the stable distant retrograde region. These transfers have the benefit of delayed escape from the Earth region and fuel savings over comparable transfers to the central periodic orbit.

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 pages20
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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