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Global analysis of direct transfers from Lunar orbits to Sun-Earth libration point regimes

Abstract

In this paper we look forward to obtain a global picture of simple transfer opportunities from Lunar to Sun-Earth libration orbits, useful for a preliminary design of these mission scenarios. Considering the trajectory of the Chinese Change’2 spacecraft as a reference case, the main transfer families are characterized and classified. In a second step, the results are analyzed and extended to departures from more general families of orbits about the Moon. Finally, we also include a preliminary sensitivity analysis of the first transfer correction maneuver (TCM1) to cancel injection errors. The methodology is of general applicability to the transfer analysis involving libration point final orbits in other general multi-body restricted systems.

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Acknowledgements

L.L. thanks the National Natural Science Foundation of China for the grants 11773004, 61573049, and 11303001. J.J.M. thanks MINECO-FEDER for the grant PGC2018-100928 and the Catalan government for the grant 2017SGR-1049. G.G. thanks the Catalan government for the grant 2017 SGR1374 and MINECO-FEDER for the grant MTM2016-80117-P. The authors thank the Math. Dept. ETSEIB-UPC for the computer cluster EIXAM (https://dynamicalsystems.upc.edu/en/computing) where many simulations were run. The authors are grateful for the valuable suggestions of the two reviewers.

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Masdemont, J.J., Gómez, G., Lei, L. et al. Global analysis of direct transfers from Lunar orbits to Sun-Earth libration point regimes. Celest Mech Dyn Astr 133, 15 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10569-021-10011-1

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Keywords

  • Libration point orbits
  • Lunar orbits
  • Transfer orbits
  • Trajectory correction maneuvers CCA