Solar-photon sails can be useful for missions towards and about asteroids. Indeed, for the interplanetary transfer phase, missions to asteroids often require a large variation in inclination and solar-photon sails perform very well for such high energy missions. In the same way, solar-photon sails are also expected to perform well in the phase about the asteroid. This paper studies single and binary asteroids’ hovering regions by using a sailcraft. In order to consider a sailcraft with its own mass and shape, the mutual polyhedral method (usually used to study asteroid dynamics) is used; therefore, the sailcraft is designed by means of tetrahedra. The procedure to obtain the hovering regions about a single asteroid is presented and an accurate analysis of the control variables is carried out. Moreover, control torques required to maintain hovering orbits are obtained by considering the gravitational torques acting on the sailcraft due to the asteroid. In the end, the theory for hovering orbits is extended to binary-asteroid systems and applied to the binary system 1999 KW4.
Solar-photon sail hovering orbits about single and binary asteroids / D'Ambrosio, Andrea; Circi, Christian; Zeng, Xiangyuan. - In: ADVANCES IN SPACE RESEARCH. - ISSN 0273-1177. - 63:11(2019), pp. 3691-3705.
|Titolo:||Solar-photon sail hovering orbits about single and binary asteroids|
CIRCI, Christian (Corresponding author)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Citazione:||Solar-photon sail hovering orbits about single and binary asteroids / D'Ambrosio, Andrea; Circi, Christian; Zeng, Xiangyuan. - In: ADVANCES IN SPACE RESEARCH. - ISSN 0273-1177. - 63:11(2019), pp. 3691-3705.|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|