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An analytical description of three-dimensional heliocentric solar sail orbits

Stewart, Brian, Palmer, P and Roberts, M (2016) An analytical description of three-dimensional heliocentric solar sail orbits Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, 128 (1). pp. 61-74.

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Abstract

This paper introduces a simple analytical approximation to three-dimensional heliocentric solar sail orbits where the only forces considered are solar gravity and solar radiation. The approximation is based upon the previously studied hodograph transformation and provides a description of the inclination, longitude of ascending node and true latitude for a specific set of initial conditions. It is shown that the rotational symmetry of a heliocentric orbit allows this specific solution to be mapped onto a solution with arbitrary initial conditions. The approximation is then compared to the numerical results for a solar sail on an Earth escape trajectory with an area to mass ratio up to twice as high as current technology allows.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Stewart, Brianb.stewart@surrey.ac.uk
Palmer, P
Roberts, M
Date : 2 November 2016
Identification Number : 10.1007/s10569-016-9740-x
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2016. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Solar sails · Heliocentric orbits · Hodograph · Spherical symmetry
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 28 Feb 2018 11:52
Last Modified : 30 May 2018 11:09
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/845916

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