A new strategy of designing low-thrust trajectories in alternating rotational coordinates

Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi, Jun Matsumoto

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Abstract

A use of low-thrust propulsion systems such as ion engines becomes popular in deep space missions because of their high Isp. In order to design low-thrust trajectories simply, this paper proposes a new shape-based strategy using angular momentum. In this strategy, trajectory designing space is not position space but angular momentum-state of the spacecraft space. Using this designing space, it becomes possible to keep simplicity of the shape-based strategy if a shape of the trajectory is complicated. In this paper, as a demonstration, circular-circular transfer trajectories and elliptic-to-elliptic transfer trajectories are designed. Moreover by defining new rotational coordinates - alternating rotational coordinates, it becomes possible to describe low-thrust trajectories as simply shapes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication64th International Astronautical Congress 2013, IAC 2013
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
Pages5524-5529
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781629939094
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event64th International Astronautical Congress 2013, IAC 2013 - Beijing, China
Duration: 2013 Sep 232013 Sep 27

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Volume7
ISSN (Print)0074-1795

Other

Other64th International Astronautical Congress 2013, IAC 2013
CountryChina
CityBeijing
Period13/9/2313/9/27

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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