Techniques of accurate analytic terminal rendezvous in nearcircular orbit
Abstract
The analytic treatment of the problem of impulsive terminal rendezvous in nearcircular orbit is presented. The velocity change imparted to the active maneuvering vehicle is determined with high accuracy such that the error in intercepting the passive spacecraft in a given time is negligible. This error is evaluated by numerically integrating both spacecraft orbits by accounting for the second zonal harmonic. A typical large transfer where the two vehicles are initially separated by 2000 km is achieved with an interception error of 5 km.
 Publication:

Acta Astronautica
 Pub Date:
 June 1992
 DOI:
 10.1016/00945765(92)90068T
 Bibcode:
 1992AcAau..26..377K
 Keywords:

 Circular Orbits;
 Orbit Calculation;
 Orbital Rendezvous;
 Rendezvous Guidance;
 Equations Of Motion;
 Orbital Elements;
 Orbital Velocity;
 Terminal Guidance;
 Velocity Errors;
 Zonal Harmonics;
 Astrodynamics