This study employs the circular restricted three-body problem (CR3BP) as the dynamical framework, for the purpose of investigating orbit dynamics in the Earth-Moon system. First, the effect of low-thrust on some dynamical structures that exist in the CR3BP is analyzed. Low-thrust capture and evasion dynamics in the proximity of the Moon is investigated, for preliminary mission analysis. Then, low-thrust periodic orbits – with potential practical application – are detected. To do this, the theorem of mirror trajectories, proven six decades ago, is extended to low-thrust trajectories. This represents the theoretical premise for the definition and use of a numerical search methodology based on modified Poincaré maps. This approach leads to identifying several low-thrust periodic orbits in the Earth-Moon system that are infeasible if only unpowered paths are considered. Two possible applications of low-thrust periodic orbits are described: (a) cycling transfer trajectories that connect Earth and Moon continuously, and (b) non-Keplerian periodic paths about the Moon, with potential use as operational orbits for satellite constellations.

Low-thrust orbit dynamics and periodic trajectories in the Earth-Moon system / De Leo, L.; Pontani, M.. - (2021), pp. 1-8. ((Intervento presentato al convegno XXVI AIDAA International Congress tenutosi a Virtual.

Low-thrust orbit dynamics and periodic trajectories in the Earth-Moon system

Pontani M.
2021

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This study employs the circular restricted three-body problem (CR3BP) as the dynamical framework, for the purpose of investigating orbit dynamics in the Earth-Moon system. First, the effect of low-thrust on some dynamical structures that exist in the CR3BP is analyzed. Low-thrust capture and evasion dynamics in the proximity of the Moon is investigated, for preliminary mission analysis. Then, low-thrust periodic orbits – with potential practical application – are detected. To do this, the theorem of mirror trajectories, proven six decades ago, is extended to low-thrust trajectories. This represents the theoretical premise for the definition and use of a numerical search methodology based on modified Poincaré maps. This approach leads to identifying several low-thrust periodic orbits in the Earth-Moon system that are infeasible if only unpowered paths are considered. Two possible applications of low-thrust periodic orbits are described: (a) cycling transfer trajectories that connect Earth and Moon continuously, and (b) non-Keplerian periodic paths about the Moon, with potential use as operational orbits for satellite constellations.
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