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Solar sail H -reversal trajectory: A review of its advances and applications

Solar sail H -reversal trajectory: A review of its advances and applications Abstract The set of the orbital angular-momentum reversal, or H-reversal, sailcraft trajectory was born as a type of unconventional precursor interstellar mission trajectory by using highperformance solar sails. Starting from an outline of the H-reversal sail trajectory, this paper mainly focuses on the 2D reversal-mode solution to the general solar-photon sail motion equations. The feasible region for H-reversal trajectories in fixed sail attitude angles is illustrated. Some interesting applications of the H-reversal trajectory are presented in detail to show its advantages. As a special case, a precursor interstellar probe can be delivered with a constant sail orientation in the H-reversal trajectory to be compared with the direct-motion sail flyby of the Sun. Of importance are the heliocentric periodic orbits in double H-reversal modes, obtained via both fixed and time-varying sail attitude angles. Two more applications involving H-reversal trajectories are discussed in terms of asteroid deflection and transfer trajectory to rectilinear orbits. Finally, some items of the mathematics behind the 3D motion-reversal trajectories are summarized. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Astrodynamics Springer Journals

Solar sail H -reversal trajectory: A review of its advances and applications

Astrodynamics , Volume 3 (1): 15 – Mar 1, 2019

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
2018 Tsinghua University Press
ISSN
2522-008X
eISSN
2522-0098
DOI
10.1007/s42064-018-0032-y
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Abstract

Abstract The set of the orbital angular-momentum reversal, or H-reversal, sailcraft trajectory was born as a type of unconventional precursor interstellar mission trajectory by using highperformance solar sails. Starting from an outline of the H-reversal sail trajectory, this paper mainly focuses on the 2D reversal-mode solution to the general solar-photon sail motion equations. The feasible region for H-reversal trajectories in fixed sail attitude angles is illustrated. Some interesting applications of the H-reversal trajectory are presented in detail to show its advantages. As a special case, a precursor interstellar probe can be delivered with a constant sail orientation in the H-reversal trajectory to be compared with the direct-motion sail flyby of the Sun. Of importance are the heliocentric periodic orbits in double H-reversal modes, obtained via both fixed and time-varying sail attitude angles. Two more applications involving H-reversal trajectories are discussed in terms of asteroid deflection and transfer trajectory to rectilinear orbits. Finally, some items of the mathematics behind the 3D motion-reversal trajectories are summarized.

Journal

AstrodynamicsSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 1, 2019

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