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The stability of powered flight around asteroids with application to Vesta

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dc.contributor.author Whiffen, Gregory J.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-26T16:22:02Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-26T16:22:02Z
dc.date.issued 2011-02-14
dc.identifier.citation 21st AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 13-17, 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 11-0547
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/41943
dc.description.abstract The reliability of low-thrust trajectories between science orbits around large asteroids must be evaluated subject to the unavoidable uncertainties of orbit determination, asteroid physical parameters, momentum de-saturation maneuvers, and transfer maneuver execution error. This paper presents a computationally inexpensive way to extend the concept or orbital stability to trajectories undergoing continuously powered low-thrust flight. Trajectories that are stable using this measure are shown to be stable under the combined uncertainties expected during operations. The measure is general and relatively simple to implement. The method was applied to maneuvers planed around the asteroid Vesta in support of NASA’s Dawn Discovery mission. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject low thrust en_US
dc.subject orbital stability en_US
dc.subject Dawn en_US
dc.title The stability of powered flight around asteroids with application to Vesta en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US
dc.subject.NASATaxonomy Spacecraft Propulsion and Power en_US


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