Solar sail optimal orbit transfers to synchronous orbits

Robert B. Powers, Victoria Coverstone-Carroll, John E. Prussing

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Abstract

A constant outward radial thrust acceleration can be used to reduce the radius of a circular orbit of specified period. Heliocentric circular orbits are designed to match the orbital period of Earth or Mars for various radial thrust accelerations and are defined as synchronous orbits. Minimum-time solar sail orbit transfers to these synchronous heliocentric orbits are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-537
Number of pages15
JournalAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume103
Issue numberPART 1
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Powers, R. B., Coverstone-Carroll, V., & Prussing, J. E. (2000). Solar sail optimal orbit transfers to synchronous orbits. Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, 103(PART 1), 523-537.