Accession Number : ADA231026


Title :   Analysis of Periodic Orbits About the Martian Moons by Continuation Techniques


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING


Personal Author(s) : Luria, Frank


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA231026


Report Date : DEC 1990


Pagination or Media Count : 76


Abstract : From a few known periodic orbits of Phobos and Deimos, continuation techniques were used to find entire families of stable orbits. These techniques involved varying a parameter, the Hamiltonian, of the system and analyzing how the orbital behavior changed with the parameter. Floquet multipliers, for stability analysis, were also computed. AUTO86, a continuation/bifurcation software package, was used in this study. Artificial energy dissipation had to be added to the conservative Hamiltonian system to enable use of AUTO.


Descriptors :   *PLANETARY SATELLITES , *ORBITS , THESES , BEHAVIOR , MOON , HAMILTONIAN FUNCTIONS , MARS(PLANET) , ENERGY , STABILITY , DISSIPATION


Subject Categories : CELESTIAL MECHANICS


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE