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Stretching directions in cislunar space: Applications for departures and transfer design
Muralidharan, Vivek; Howell, Kathleen C.
2022In Astrodynamics
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Keywords :
stretching directions; Cauchy–Green tensor; near rectilinear halo orbit (NRHO); distant retrograde orbit (DRO); lunar orbit; circular restricted three-body problem (CR3BP); transfer trajectory design; momentum integral
Abstract :
[en] Stable or nearly stable orbits do not generally possess well-distinguished manifold structures that assist in designing trajectories for departing from or arriving onto a periodic orbit. For some potential missions, the orbits of interest are selected as nearly stable to reduce the possibility of rapid departure. However, the linearly stable nature of these orbits is also a drawback for their timely insertion into or departure from the orbit. Stable or nearly stable Near Rectilinear Halo Orbits (NRHOs), Distant Retrograde Orbits (DROs), and lunar orbits offer potential long-horizon trajectories for exploration missions and demand efficient operations. The current investigation focuses on leveraging stretching directions as a tool for departure and trajectory design applications. The magnitude of the state variations along the maximum stretching direction is expected to grow rapidly and, therefore, offers information for efficient departure from the orbit. Similarly, maximum stretching in reverse time enables arrival with a minimal maneuver magnitude.
Disciplines :
Aerospace & aeronautics engineering
Author, co-author :
Muralidharan, Vivek ;  University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT) > Space Robotics
Howell, Kathleen C.
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Title :
Stretching directions in cislunar space: Applications for departures and transfer design
Publication date :
29 September 2022
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Publisher :
Springer Nature
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Focus Area :
Security, Reliability and Trust


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