Applications to Asteroid, Comet and Planetary Satellite Orbiters

Daniel J. Scheeres

ORBITAL MOTION IN STRONGLY PERTURBED ENVIRONMENTS: Applications to Asteroid, Comet and Planetary Satellite Orbiters This book provides a detailed, technical introduction to the analysis of orbital motion in strongly perturbed environments, focusing on motion about small Solar System bodies such as comets, asteroids and planetary satellites. It shows why such small bodies are of interest and uses them as a motivation for the general analysis of orbital mechanics. The book covers the fundamentals of astrodynamics, melding classical and modern techniques to derive the fundmental equations of motion, the properties of their solutions, and methods to analyze and compute their solutions. Case studies for close proximity dynamics about several different small body types are presented, including both ballistic and controlled motion about a range of asteroid types, comets, and a detailed discussion of orbital dynamics about planetary satellites such as Europa and Deimos.

Orbital Motion in Strongly Perturbed Environments

Table of Contents


I. Modeling
1. Introduction and Background
2. Modeling Small Body Environments

II. Dynamics
3. Non-Perturbed Solutions
4. Equations of Motion for a Small Body Orbiter
5. Properties of Solution
6. Solution and Characterization Methods

III. Applications to Asteroids, Comets and Planetary Satellites
7. Uniformly Rotating Bodies:Asteroid 433 Eros
8. Complex Rotators: Asteroid 4179 Toutatis
9. Binary Asteroids: 1999 KW4
10. The Surface Environment on Asteroids
11. Controlled Hovering Motion at an Asteroid
12. Solar Radiation Pressure: Exact Analysis
13. Solar Radiation Pressure: Averaged Analysis
14. Small Bodies: Asteroid 25143 Itokawa
15. Comet Outgassing
16. Planetary Satellites: Exact Analysis
17. Planetary Satellites: Averaged Analysis
18. Small Planetary Satellites: Deimos

IV. Appendices


Extent: 300 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Hardback
Published: 2012
ISBN: 978-3-642-03255-4

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