Optimal plane changes using third-body forces.

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

PubMedID: 15220151

Villac BF, Scheeres DJ. Optimal plane changes using third-body forces. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2004;1017255-66.
The fuel optimality of third-body driven plane changes (i.e., plane changes performed by using third-body forces) over one-impulse transfers is investigated numerically and analytically. In particular, the range of third-body driven plane changes that are realizable is shown to be restricted and one impulse must be used in the uncovered regions. However, when third-body driven plane changes are realizable, it is shown that they are always optimal above a certain critical value (about 40 degrees ) that depends on the initial condition. Contour plots of optimal DeltaV values to perform a desired plane changes are given.