Low-energy earth-moon mission analysis using low-thrust optimal and feedback control
A. Almonte, I. Ziccardi, A. Adriani, A. Marchetti, M. Pontanidownload PDF
Abstract. This work is focused on designing a low-energy orbit transfer in the Earth-Moon system, aimed at reaching stable capture in a highly elliptical lunar orbit, with the use of low-thrust propulsion. The mission at hand includes three different phases: low-energy ballistic transfer starting from Earth, low-thrust minimum-fuel arc, and low-thrust lunar orbit insertion using variable-thrust nonlinear orbit control. First, a reference trajectory is generated in the framework of the Patched Planar Circular Restricted Three-Body Problem (PPCR3BP), leveraging invariant manifold dynamics. Trajectory propagation is performed using the Bicircular Restricted Four-Body Problem (BR4BP) model. Particle swarm optimization is applied for trajectory refinement and to detect the subsequent minimum-fuel low-thrust arc. Finally, the lunar orbit is entered thanks to the use of variable-thrust nonlinear orbit control.
Earth-Moon Transfers, Low Energy Transfers, Low-Thrust Spacecraft, Optimal Control, Feedback Guidance and Control, Particle Swarm Optimization
Published online 11/1/2023, 5 pages
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Citation: A. Almonte, I. Ziccardi, A. Adriani, A. Marchetti, M. Pontani, Low-energy earth-moon mission analysis using low-thrust optimal and feedback control, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 37, pp 596-600, 2023
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