Symmetric orbits in the presence of J2 perturbation

Christopher C. Wilkins, Hong Wong, Vikram Kapila

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Abstract

In this paper, for Earth-orbiting spacecraft, we present a numerical algorithm to determine initial conditions that yield periodic, symmetric equatorial and polar orbits in the presence of Earth's oblateness. By restricting consideration to orbits which contain trajectories crossing a plane of symmetry orthogonally, we develop a numerical method that efficiently converges to initial conditions yielding a periodic, symmetric orbit. Moreover, we provide two heuristic expressions to approximate numerical values of the initial conditions yielding periodic, symmetric orbits. Simulation results are presented to illustrate the efficacy of the numerical algorithm and the heuristic expressions in generating periodic, symmetric equatorial and polar orbits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2007
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
Pages4981-5000
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)1563479044, 9781563479045
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2007 - Hilton Head, SC, United States
Duration: Aug 20 2007Aug 23 2007

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2007
Volume5

Other

OtherAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2007
CountryUnited States
CityHilton Head, SC
Period8/20/078/23/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Wilkins, C. C., Wong, H., & Kapila, V. (2007). Symmetric orbits in the presence of J2 perturbation. In Collection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2007 (pp. 4981-5000). (Collection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2007; Vol. 5). American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2007-6843