Transfers from earth to Earth-Moon L<inf>3</inf> halo orbits using accelerated manifolds

Kathryn Davis, Jeffrey Parker, Eric Butcher

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This paper is concerned with two-impulse transfers from Earth to Earth-Moon L<inf>3</inf> halo orbits. After an orbit injection maneuver from an Earth orbit, a spacecraft travels on a ballistic accelerated manifold trajectory to a position intersection with a halo orbit where an orbit injection maneuver is executed. Although many types of transfers are located, our primary concern is transfers that require either a low transfer time of flight or a small orbit injection maneuver. Several families of transfers lie along the edge of a time of flight/injection maneuver Pareto Front. These families share similar characteristics and are shown to be an extension of a transfer that utilizes a stable invariant manifold. The quickest family of transfers to L<inf>3</inf> can be completed in 28.5-33 days with an injection maneuver of 61.75-130 m/s, with shorter duration transfers requiring a larger injection maneuver. The family of transfers with the smallest injection maneuvers given a duration limit of 140 days required 13.45 m/s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1868-1877
Number of pages10
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Volume55
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Dynamical systems theory
  • Invariant manifolds
  • Libration point orbits
  • Orbit transfers
  • Three-Body trajectories

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  • Space and Planetary Science

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Transfers from earth to Earth-Moon L<inf>3</inf> halo orbits using accelerated manifolds. / Davis, Kathryn; Parker, Jeffrey; Butcher, Eric.

In: Advances in Space Research, Vol. 55, No. 7, 2015, p. 1868-1877.

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