Heliocentric solar sail orbit transfers with locally optimal control laws

Bernd Dachwald, M. Macdonald, Colin McInnes

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Solar sailing is increasingly being considered by space agencies for future science missions. With the absence of reaction mass from the primary propulsion system arises the potential for new high-energy mission concepts in the mid to far term, such as a Solar Polar Orbiter or an Interstellar Heliopause Probe [1,2]. One of the most time consuming tasks of mission analysis is trajectory generation and optimization. Optimal trajectory generation is a complex field and many schemes exist; however, these are typically characterized as being computationally intensive systems requiring a good degree of engineering judgment [3-6].
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-276
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Spacecraft and Rockets
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • space flight
  • solar sails
  • orbits
  • gravity

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