Analytical analysis on the orbits of Taiji spacecrafts
Abstract
The unperturbed Keplerian orbits of Taiji spacecrafts are expanded to e^{3} order in the heliocentric coordinate system, where e is their orbital eccentricity. The three armlengths of the Taiji triangle and their rates of change are also expanded to e^{3} order, while the three vertex angles are expanded to e^{2} order. These kinematic indicators of the Taiji triangle are further minimized, respectively, by adjusting the tilt angle of the Taiji plane relative to the ecliptic plane around ±π /3 , and thus, their corresponding optimized expressions are presented. Then, when the nominal trailing angle of the Taiji constellation following the Earth is χ (≈±π /9 ) from the viewpoint of the Sun, the influence of the Earth's perturbation on three spacecrafts is calculated according to the equations of motion in the problem of three bodies, and the perturbative solutions of the leading order and the next leading order are derived. With the perturbative solutions, the leadingorder corrections to the above kinematic indicators of the Taiji triangle and the expression of the above trailing angle to the order of e^{3} are provided.
 Publication:

Physical Review D
 Pub Date:
 December 2019
 DOI:
 10.1103/PhysRevD.100.122001
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1907.06178
 Bibcode:
 2019PhRvD.100l2001W
 Keywords:

 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
 EPrint:
 19 pages, 1 figure