Analytic solution for a cruising plane change maneuver
Abstract
The analytical solution for a cruising plane change maneuver predicts the plane change during a constant altitude, velocity, and angleofattack turn. Thrust balances drag and bank angle varies with mass to provide inplane equilibrium. The solution predicts the impulsive plane change and corrections for finite arc length and noncircular velocity. Test cases show inclination change predictions approximate numerically integrated results by 1 percent. The accuracy of predicting changes in longitude of the ascending node depends on the initial inclination, with prediction errors of 1 percent for polar orbits. The solution's derivatives provide the initial argument of latitude, velocity, and angle of attack that maximize the plane change. The solution is used to illustrate the effect of varying the initial argument of latitude, altitude, velocity, angle of attack, and wing loading on a vehicle's plane change capability.
 Publication:

Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference
 Pub Date:
 August 1983
 Bibcode:
 1983atfm.conf.....C
 Keywords:

 Aeromaneuvering;
 Flight Mechanics;
 Spacecraft Reentry;
 Angle Of Attack;
 Flight Altitude;
 Inclination;
 Latitude;
 Longitude;
 Orbital Elements;
 Spacecraft Trajectories;
 Astrodynamics