Results of Long-Duration Simulation of Distant Retrograde Orbits
AbstractDistant Retrograde Orbits in the Earth–Moon system are gaining in popularity as stable “parking” orbits for various conceptual missions. To investigate the stability of potential Distant Retrograde Orbits, simulations were executed, with propagation running over a thirty-year period. Initial conditions for the vehicle state were limited such that the position and velocity vectors were in the Earth–Moon orbital plane, with the velocity oriented such that it would produce retrograde motion about Moon. The resulting trajectories were investigated for stability in an environment that included the eccentric motion of Moon, non-spherical gravity of Earth and Moon, gravitational perturbations from Sun, Jupiter, and Venus, and the effects of radiation pressure. The results indicate that stability may be enhanced at certain resonant states within the Earth–Moon system. View Full-Text
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Turner, G. Results of Long-Duration Simulation of Distant Retrograde Orbits. Aerospace 2016, 3, 37.
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Turner, Gary. 2016. "Results of Long-Duration Simulation of Distant Retrograde Orbits." Aerospace 3, no. 4: 37.
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