Families of periodic orbits for solar sails in the CRBTP

Patricia Verrier, Thomas Waters, J. Sieber

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We use the numerical continuation package AUTO to investigate families of periodic orbits in the solar sail circular restricted three-body problem. For a sail orientated perpendicular to the Sun-line we find significant differences to the classical case for some families near the Earth, including the L1 Halo family and retrograde satellite family. Specifically, we expand on existing results and find that the change in the Halo family H1 is associated with a bifurcation of a branch point in the retrograde satellite family, which splits H1 in half. We also track regions of stability within the family, and find some large amplitude stable orbits. For a sail tilted relative to the Earth-Sun line only we find large amplitude families with some stable orbits. Interestingly there is also a small range of parameters for which L1 bifurcates into three separate points in this system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in solar sailing
EditorsMalcolm MacDonald
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)9783642349072
ISBN (Print)9783642349065
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameSpringer praxis books: astronautical engineering


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