Medium-energy, retrograde, ballistic transfer to the moon

Kenta Oshima, Francesco Topputo, Stefano Campagnola, Tomohiro Yanao

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    Abstract

    This study analyzes a recently discovered new class of exterior transfers to the Moon under the perspective of lunar collision orbit dynamics. These transfers typically end with a retrograde ballistic capture, i.e., with negative Keplerian energy and angular momentum with respect to the Moon. Yet their Jacobi constant is relatively low, at which no forbidden regions exist, and the transfers do not appear to mimic the dynamics of the invariant manifolds of the Lagrange points. This paper shows that these orbits shadow instead lunar collision orbits. We investigate the dynamics of singular, lunar collision orbits in the Earth-Moon planar circular restricted three-body problem, and reveal their rich phase space structure in the medium-energy regime, for which invariant manifolds of the Lagrange point orbits break up. We show that lunar retrograde ballistic capture trajectories lie inside the tube structure of collision orbits. We also develop a method to compute medium-energy transfers by patching together the orbits inside the collision tube and those whose apogees are located in the appropriate quadrant in the Sun-Earth system. The method is used to systematically reproduce the novel retrograde ballistic capture.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSpaceflight Mechanics 2016
    PublisherUnivelt Inc.
    Pages745-763
    Number of pages19
    Volume158
    ISBN (Print)9780877036333
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event26th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2016 - Napa, United States
    Duration: 2016 Feb 142016 Feb 18

    Other

    Other26th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2016
    CountryUnited States
    CityNapa
    Period16/2/1416/2/18

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    Moon
    natural satellites
    Ballistics
    ballistics
    Orbits
    collision
    orbits
    moon
    energy
    collisions
    lunar shadow
    apogees
    Earth (planet)
    tubes
    angular momentum
    three body problem
    Angular momentum
    quadrants
    trajectory
    Sun

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Space and Planetary Science

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    Oshima, K., Topputo, F., Campagnola, S., & Yanao, T. (2016). Medium-energy, retrograde, ballistic transfer to the moon. In Spaceflight Mechanics 2016 (Vol. 158, pp. 745-763). Univelt Inc..

    Medium-energy, retrograde, ballistic transfer to the moon. / Oshima, Kenta; Topputo, Francesco; Campagnola, Stefano; Yanao, Tomohiro.

    Spaceflight Mechanics 2016. Vol. 158 Univelt Inc., 2016. p. 745-763.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Oshima, K, Topputo, F, Campagnola, S & Yanao, T 2016, Medium-energy, retrograde, ballistic transfer to the moon. in Spaceflight Mechanics 2016. vol. 158, Univelt Inc., pp. 745-763, 26th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2016, Napa, United States, 16/2/14.
    Oshima K, Topputo F, Campagnola S, Yanao T. Medium-energy, retrograde, ballistic transfer to the moon. In Spaceflight Mechanics 2016. Vol. 158. Univelt Inc. 2016. p. 745-763
    Oshima, Kenta ; Topputo, Francesco ; Campagnola, Stefano ; Yanao, Tomohiro. / Medium-energy, retrograde, ballistic transfer to the moon. Spaceflight Mechanics 2016. Vol. 158 Univelt Inc., 2016. pp. 745-763
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