Systematic Design of Optimal Low Thrust Transfers in the Three-Body Problem

Presented at the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Vail, Colorado August 10-13 2015


A computational approach is developed for the design of continuous low thrust transfers in the planar circular restricted three-body problem. The transfer design method of invariant manifolds is extended with the addition of continuous low thrust propulsion. A reachable region is generated and it is used to determine transfer opportunities, analogous to the intersection of invariant manifolds. The reachable set is developed on a lower dimensional Poincaré section and used to design transfer trajectories. This is solved numerically as a discrete optimal control problem using a variational integrator. This provides for a geometrically exact and numerically efficient method for the motion in the three-body problem. A numerical simulation is provided developing a transfer from a \(L_1\) periodic orbit in the Earth-Moon system to a target orbit about the Moon.


BibTeX citation

	Author = {Kulumani, Shankar and Lee, Taeyoung},
	Booktitle = {Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Vail, Colorado},
	Month = {August},
	Number = {757},
	Title = {Systematic Design of Optimal Low-Thrust Transfers for the Three-Body Problem},
	Year = {2015}