Optimal low-thrust transfers to halo orbits about the L2 libration point in the earth-moon system (Elliptical problem)

Thomas F. Starchville, Robert Graham Melton

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Abstract

This paper develops a systematic procedure for generating optimal low-thrust transfers from one of the primaries in the elliptic restricted three-body problem (ER3BP) to a halo orbit in the three-body system. The examples all involve transfers from Earth to halo orbits about the L2 point in the Earth-Moon system. Using a transformation to the pulsating coordinate system (distances scaled by the time-varying range between primaries), it is possible to employ the method of stable manifolds to determine low-thrust trajectories that correctly inject into a specified halo orbit. The paper includes examples of both circular and elliptical halo orbits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1489-1505
Number of pages17
JournalAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume99
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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