Solar sailing fundamentals with an exploration of trajectory control to lunar halo orbit

Leonard D. Vance, Raviteja Nallapu, Jekanthan Thangavelautham

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Abstract

This paper covers the basic physics of solar sailing and then explores practical guidance techniques for controlling solar sailing spacecraft on the earth-moon halo orbit entry manifolds expected to be used by NASA’s Lunar Gateway. A four body (Sun, Earth, Moon, spacecraft) simulation is utilized to generate the resultant trajectory performance. Biases to the reference manifold trajectories are derived to center spacecraft acceleration capability within the limited solar sailing acceleration envelope, and improvements in performance are demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105951
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
EventAIAA Scitech Forum, 2020 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Jan 6 2020Jan 10 2020

Publication series

NameAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
Volume1 PartF

Conference

ConferenceAIAA Scitech Forum, 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period1/6/201/10/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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