Interplanetary trajectory design of solar sail spacecraft utilizing an invariant manifold

Yutaro Ishida, Shinji Hokamoto

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This paper deals with an in-plane trajectory design method for a solar sail spacecraft to rendezvous with a planet. In the interplanetary rendezvous problem, the spacecraft's velocity must coincide with the orbital velocity of the planet when it reaches the planet's orbit. This paper proposes a trajectory design procedure that utilizes an invariant manifold for a specified control profile to reach a target orbit. The proposed strategy allows a rendezvous to a planet in an elliptical orbit by adjusting the launch timing of the sailcraft when it starts from a circular orbit. Numerical simulations demonstrate the validity of the proposed procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2010 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: Aug 2 2010Aug 5 2010

Publication series

NameAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2010


OtherAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2010
CityToronto, ON

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • General Energy


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