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Monitoring Jovian Orbital Resonances of a Spacecraft: Classical and Relativistic Effects

Department of Mathematics, Centro Universitario de Plasencia, Avda. Virgen del Puerto, 2, University of Extremadura, 10600 Plasencia, Spain
Universe 2019, 5(12), 222; https://doi.org/10.3390/universe5120222
Received: 28 October 2019 / Revised: 26 November 2019 / Accepted: 28 November 2019 / Published: 3 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Rotation Effects in Relativity)
Orbital resonances continue to be one of the most difficult problems in celestial mechanics. They have been studied in connection with the so-called Kirkwood gaps in the asteroid belt for many years. On the other hand, resonant trans-Neptunian objects are also an active area of research in Solar System dynamics, as are the recently discovered resonances in extrasolar planetary systems. A careful monitoring of the trajectories of these objects is hindered by the small size of asteroids or the large distances of the trans-Neptunian bodies. In this paper, we propose a mission concept, called CHRONOS (after the greek god of time), in which a spacecraft could be sent to with the initial condition of resonance with Jupiter in order to study the future evolution of its trajectory. We show that radio monitoring of these trajectories could allow for a better understanding of the initial stages of the evolution of resonant trajectories and the associated relativistic effects. View Full-Text
Keywords: orbital resonance; general relativity; celestial mechanics perturbations; radar ranging orbital resonance; general relativity; celestial mechanics perturbations; radar ranging
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Acedo, L. Monitoring Jovian Orbital Resonances of a Spacecraft: Classical and Relativistic Effects. Universe 2019, 5, 222. https://doi.org/10.3390/universe5120222

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Acedo L. Monitoring Jovian Orbital Resonances of a Spacecraft: Classical and Relativistic Effects. Universe. 2019; 5(12):222. https://doi.org/10.3390/universe5120222

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Acedo, Luis. 2019. "Monitoring Jovian Orbital Resonances of a Spacecraft: Classical and Relativistic Effects" Universe 5, no. 12: 222. https://doi.org/10.3390/universe5120222

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