How to establish and maintain orthogonal constellation with two orbiters under J2 perturbation

Naoko Ogawa, Yuichi Tsuda, Yasuhiro Kawakatsu, Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi, Tomohiro Yamaguchi

研究成果: Conference contribution

2 被引用数 (Scopus)


In this paper, we investigated how to establish and maintain orthogonal constellation of two orbiters around a planet, taking Mars as an example. We assumed a mission where two spacecraft (S/C) will be injected into the Mars orbit simultaneously. One S/C (MOA) has a low altitude orbit, while the other (MOB) has a highly elliptical orbit. It is assumed that MOB should look down upon MOA's orbital plane at MOB's apoapsis; i.e., the two orbits should be preferably orthogonal. Such constellation can be actually required in scientific missions featuring both global and in-situ observation of Mars atmosphere, and it can also be extended to application in other celestial bodies. How to keep the orthogonal constellation under perturbations or other restrictions, and how to establish it with small fuel consumption is the main topic of this paper.

ホスト出版物のタイトルAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2010
出版ステータスPublished - 2010
イベントAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2010 - Toronto, ON, Canada
継続期間: 2010 8 22010 8 5


名前AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2010


ConferenceAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2010
CityToronto, ON

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 航空宇宙工学
  • エネルギー(全般)


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