The Earth-Moon low-energy transfer in the 4-body problem

Kaori Onozaki, Hiroaki Yoshimura, Shane D. Ross

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A low energy transfer from the Earth to the Moon is proposed in the context of the 4-body Problem. We propose a new model by regarding the Sun-Earth-Moon-Spacecraft (S/C) 4-body system as the coupled system of the Sun-perturbed 3-body system and the Moon-perturbed 3-body system. In particular, we clarify the tube structures of invariant manifolds of the 4-body Problem by investigating the Lagrangian coherent structures of such a coupled 3-body system with perturbations. Lastly, we construct a low-energy transfer trajectory from the Earth to the Moon by patching two trajectories obtained from the perturbed systems at a Poincare section. We develop an optimal trajectory by minimizing the Delta-v at the Poincaré section.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpaceflight Mechanics 2016
EditorsMartin T. Ozimek, Renato Zanetti, Angela L. Bowes, Ryan P. Russell, Martin T. Ozimek
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780877036333
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event26th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2016 - Napa, United States
Duration: 2016 Feb 142016 Feb 18

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


Other26th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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