Dynamic stabilization of L2 periodic orbits using attitude-orbit coupling effects

Martin Lara, Jesús Peláez, Claudio Bombardelli, Fernando R. Lucas, Manuel Sanjurjo-Rivo, Davide Curreli, Enrico C. Lorenzini, Daniel J. Scheeres

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Numerical explorations show how the known periodic solutions of the Hill problem are modified in the case of the attitude-orbit coupling that may occur for large satellite structures. We focus on the case in which the elongation is the dominant satellite's characteristic and find that a rotating structure may remain with its largest dimension in a plane parallel to the plane of the primaries. In this case, the effect produced by the non-negligible physical dimension is dynamically equivalent to the perturbation produced by an oblate central body on a masspoint satellite. Based on this, it is demonstrated that the attitude-orbital coupling of a long enough body may change the dynamical characteristics of a periodic orbit about the collinear Lagrangian points.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-81
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Aerospace Engineering, Sciences and Applications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Hill problem
  • Periodic orbits
  • Roto-orbital dynamics
  • Stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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