Artificial Equilibria in the RTBP for a Solar Sail and Applications
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In this paper we focus on the motion of a solar sail in the Earth-Sun system, using as a model the Restricted Three Body Problem (RTBP) including the Solar Radiation Pressure (SRP). The system has a family of “artificial” equilibrium points parameterised by the orientation of the sail. We show how to use the information on the natural dynamics of the system to navigate around the family of equilibrium points in a controlled way.
KeywordsReference Frame Equilibrium Point Unstable Manifold Restrict Three Body Problem Centre Projection
This work has been supported by the MEC grant MTM2012-32541, the AGAUR grant 2014 SGR 1145 and the AGAUR postdoctoral fellowship Beatriu de Pinós (BP-B 00142-2011).
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