A simplified threedimensional, altitudeconstrained skip maneuver for maximum orbit plane change with given energy loss
Abstract
An investigation was undertaken to determine the maximum orbit plane change for a given energy loss, by using an aerodynamically controlled threedimensional skip. The exit velocity must be at least circular and the maneuver is subject to a minimum altitude constraint. To this end, a threearc trajectory is employed consisting of planar entry and exit arcs of minimum velocity loss connected by a constantaltitude arc of maximum final heading angle. Simple control laws for the lift coefficient and the bank angle are obtained, allowing the influence of various parameters to be discerned. Numerical examples illustrate this influence, showing that for a given velocity loss the maneuver results in larger final heading angles for lower altitudes and wing loadings.
 Publication:

Israel Journal of Technology
 Pub Date:
 1975
 Bibcode:
 1975IsJT...13...82B
 Keywords:

 Aerodynamic Characteristics;
 Energy Dissipation;
 Lift Drag Ratio;
 Orbital Mechanics;
 Spacecraft Maneuvers;
 Trajectory Optimization;
 Escape Velocity;
 Orbital Velocity;
 Spacecraft Control;
 Trajectory Control;
 Astrodynamics