Topology of the Relative Motion: Circular and Eccentric Reference Orbit CasesThis paper deals with the topology of the relative trajectories in flight formations. The purpose is to study the different types of relative trajectories, their degrees of freedom, and to give an adapted parameterization. The paper also deals with the research of local circular motions. Even if they exist only when the reference orbit is circular, we extrapolate initial conditions to the eccentric reference orbit case.This alternative approach is complementary with traditional approaches in terms of cartesian coordinates or differences of orbital elements.
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September 24, 2007
Publication: Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics