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Lissajous trajectories for lunar global positioning and communication systems

Romagnoli, Daniele and Circi, Christian (2010) Lissajous trajectories for lunar global positioning and communication systems. Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, 107 (4), pp. 409-425. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s10569-010-9279-1.

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Abstract

This work proposes a Lunar Global Positioning System (LGPS) and a Lunar Global Communication System (LGCS) using two constellations of satellites on Lissajous trajectories around the collinear L 1 and L 2 libration points in the Earth-Moon system. This solution is compared against a Walker constellation around the Moon similar to the one used for the Global Positioning System (GPS) on the Earth to evaluate the main differences between the two cases and the advantages of adopting the Lissajous constellations. The problem is first studied using the Circular Restricted Three Body Problem to find out its main features. The study is then repeated with higher fidelity using a four-body model and higher-order reference trajectories to simulate the Earth-Moon-spacecraft dynamics more accurately. The LGPS performance is evaluated for both on-ground and in-flight users, and a visibility study for the LGCS is used to check that communication between opposite sides of the Moon is possible. The total ΔV required for the transfer trajectories from the Earth to the constellations and the trajectory control is calculated. Finally, the estimated propellant consumption and the total number of satellites for the Walker constellation and the Lissajous constellations is used as a performance index to compare the two proposed solutions.

Document Type:Article
Title:Lissajous trajectories for lunar global positioning and communication systems
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Romagnoli, DanieleDLR Institute of Space Systems
Circi, ChristianUniversity of Roma "La Sapienza"
Date:August 2010
Journal or Publication Title:Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy
Refereed publication:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:107
DOI:10.1007/s10569-010-9279-1
Page Range:pp. 409-425
Publisher:Springer
Status:Published
Keywords:Lissajous trajectories; Lagrange point; Lunar constellation; Lunar GPS; Visibility analysis
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignement
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):W -- no assignement (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Regelungs- und Datensysteme
Deposited By: Daniele Romagnoli
Deposited On:18 Oct 2010 08:59
Last Modified:20 Mar 2013 19:43

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