SEARCHING FOR MID-RANGE PLANAR ORBITS TO OBSERVE DEIMOS

M. P. O. Cavalca, A. F. B. A. Prado, V. M. Gomes, D. M. Sanchez
2019 Revista mexicana de astronomía y astrofísica  
In this paper we search for mid-range planar orbits for a spacecraft traveling in the neighborhood of Deimos. The first task is to perform a numerical search to find and classify mid-range natural orbits around Deimos that are dominated by Mars, using the idea of "Quasi Satellite Orbits" (QSO). The influence of the eccentricity of the orbit of Deimos around Mars and the irregular shape of Mars are considered in the mathematical model, allowing an assessment of their importance. Our approach
more » ... e. Our approach uses two different initial positions for Deimos in its orbit around Mars, at apoapsis and periapsis. The minimum, maximum, and average Deimos-spacecraft distances are also obtained.
doi:10.22201/ia.01851101p.2019.55.02.16 fatcat:dqmw5iprlzbl3dkslzvv7cyb34