INVESTIGATION OF MOTION IN CISLUNAR SPACE USING THE VERY RESTRICTED FOUR-BODY MODEL.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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A procedure is developed for determining periodic cislunar trajectories in the very restricted four-body problem. The two initial conditions, velocity and position, are varied to satisfy the periodicity criteria. Two types of trajectories are presented, a retrograde trajectory for which a set of initial conditions was found that satisfies the requirements and a direct trajectory for which a suitable set of initial conditions could not be found that satisfied the periodicity criteria. Problems in numerical procedures near the singularities must be solved before more accurate results can be obtained. Author
- Celestial Mechanics
- Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry