Statistical Analysis of Nonimpulsive Orbital Transfers under Thrust Errors , 1

Abstract

In this paper we present the first part of an extensive study of nonimpulsive orbital transfers under thrust errors. We emphasize the first part of the numerical implementation (Monte-Carlo) of the study but mention the first algebraic explanation for some of the numerical results. Its main results suggest and partially characterize the progressive deformation of the trajectory distribution along the propulsive arc, turning 3sigma ellipsoids into banana shaped volumes curved to the center of attraction (we call them “bananoids”) due to the loss of optimality of the actual (with errors) trajectories with respect to the nominal (no errors) trajectory.

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@inproceedings{Jesus2004StatisticalAO, title={Statistical Analysis of Nonimpulsive Orbital Transfers under Thrust Errors , 1}, author={C . Linhares de Jesus and Max O. Souza and A. F. B. A. Prado}, year={2004} }