Delta-V assisted periodic orbits around small bodies

Shota Kikuchi, Yuichi Tsuda, Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi

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Delta-V assisted periodic orbits (DVAPOs) are introduced as a new type of periodic orbit around small bodies subject to strong solar radiation pressure. DVAPOs are made periodic by introducing a small deterministic delta-V within each period. This type of orbit has a simpler shape and provides higher flexibility than other periodic orbits and therefore enables missions with higher scientific value. The general theory of DVAPOs is described, including the orbit design methodology, solution-space analysis, and stability analysis. This paper clarifies that DVAPOs are a useful and feasible option for smallbody missions and exhibit unique dynamic characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpaceflight Mechanics 2016
EditorsMartin T. Ozimek, Renato Zanetti, Angela L. Bowes, Ryan P. Russell, Martin T. Ozimek
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9780877036333
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event26th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2016 - Napa, United States
Duration: 2016 Feb 142016 Feb 18

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


Conference26th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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