Preparatory study: Accessing asteroids on horseshoe orbits

Guillaume Rivier, Jun'Ichiro Kawaguchi, Jun Matsumoto

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


There is a handful number of particular asteroids on "Horseshoe Orbits". Eventually, some of them would run close to L1 or L2 points, from where a spacecraft may fly along the horseshoe orbits with infinitesimally small departure/return ΔV. So, if the flight period becomes long but still admissible, those asteroids might be interesting targets for exploration or capture missions. Yet, from the synodic period point of view, they appear hardly accessible and not practical. The paper investigates a qualitative approach to reach potential targets on horseshoe orbits thanks to zero-velocity curves, and discuss the possibility of application to known objects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAstrodynamics 2013 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780877036050
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Astrodynamics 2013 - Hilton Head Island, SC, United States
Duration: 2013 Aug 112013 Aug 15

Publication series

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


Conference2013 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Astrodynamics 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHilton Head Island, SC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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