Trajectory design in highly-perturbed environments like binary asteroids is challenging. It typically requires using realistic, non-autonomous dynamical models in which periodic solutions derived in autonomous systems vanish. In this work, Lagrangian descriptors are employed in the perturbed planar bi-elliptic restricted four-body problem to find regions of bounded motion over a finite horizon about Dimorphos, the secondary body of the (65803) Didymos binary system. Results show that Lagrangian descriptors successfully reveal phase space organizing structures both in the unperturbed and perturbed planar bi-elliptic restricted four-body problem. With no solar radiation pressure, regions of bounded motion are visually identified, so granting access to a vast selection of bounded orbits about Dimorphos. Conversely, the presence of solar radiation pressure breaks down the majority of structures, leading to a large region of unstable motion with rare exceptions. Lagrangian descriptors are computationally inexpensive dynamical indicators that could be conveniently applied to astrodynamics.

Finding regions of bounded motion in binary asteroid environment using Lagrangian descriptors

Merisio, Gianmario;Topputo, Francesco
2023-01-01

Abstract

Trajectory design in highly-perturbed environments like binary asteroids is challenging. It typically requires using realistic, non-autonomous dynamical models in which periodic solutions derived in autonomous systems vanish. In this work, Lagrangian descriptors are employed in the perturbed planar bi-elliptic restricted four-body problem to find regions of bounded motion over a finite horizon about Dimorphos, the secondary body of the (65803) Didymos binary system. Results show that Lagrangian descriptors successfully reveal phase space organizing structures both in the unperturbed and perturbed planar bi-elliptic restricted four-body problem. With no solar radiation pressure, regions of bounded motion are visually identified, so granting access to a vast selection of bounded orbits about Dimorphos. Conversely, the presence of solar radiation pressure breaks down the majority of structures, leading to a large region of unstable motion with rare exceptions. Lagrangian descriptors are computationally inexpensive dynamical indicators that could be conveniently applied to astrodynamics.
2023
EXTREMA - Engineering Extremely Rare Events in Astrodynamics for Deep-Space Missions in Autonomy, European Research Council (ERC), European Union (EU)
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