A Collocation Approach for Computing Solar Sail Lunar Pole-Sitter Orbits
Martin T. Ozimek, Daniel J. Grebow, Kathleen C. Howell*
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2010
First Page: 65
Last Page: 75
Publisher Id: TOAEJ-3-65
Article History:Received Date: 10/12/2009
Revision Received Date: 29/06/2010
Acceptance Date: 09/07/2010
Electronic publication date: 29/10/2010
Collection year: 2010
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Implementation of a 12th-order Gauss-Lobatto collocation scheme is detailed, including mesh refinement iterations to meet a user-specified error tolerance. The algorithm is robust and efficient, locating path constrained orbits when little information is available regarding the behavior of the solutions. Using a Fourier series control law, the method is applied to the computation of highly unstable, pole-sitter orbits in the Earth-moon restricted three-body problem. The results are comparable to those obtained with standard explicit propagators.