Mission design for LISA Pathfinder

  title={Mission design for LISA Pathfinder},
  author={Markus Landgraf and M. Friedhelm Hechler and Stephen B Kemble},
  journal={Classical and Quantum Gravity},
  pages={S487 - S492}
Here we describe the mission design for SMART-2/LISA Pathfinder. The best trade-off between the requirements of a low-disturbance environment and communications distance is found to be a free-insertion Lissajous orbit around the first collinear Lagrange point of the Sun–Earth system (L1), 1.5 × 106 km from Earth. In order to transfer SMART-2/LISA Pathfinder from a low Earth orbit, where it will be placed by a small launcher, the spacecraft carries out a number of apogee-raise manoeuvres, which… 

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