Seasonal Variations of the James Webb Space Telescope Orbital DynamicsWhile spacecraft orbital variations due to the Earth's tilt and orbital eccentricity are well-known phenomena, the implications for the James Webb Space Telescope present unique features. We investigate the variability of the observatory trajectory characteristics, and present an explanation of some of these effects using invariant manifold theory and local approximation of the dynamics in terms of the restricted three-body problem.
Brown, Jonathan (AI Solutions, Inc. Lanham, MD, United States)
Petersen, Jeremy (AI Solutions, Inc. Lanham, MD, United States)
Villac, Benjamin (AI Solutions, Inc. Lanham, MD, United States)
Yu, Wayne (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)