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**Orbital dynamics of a simple solar photon thruster.**
*(English)*
Zbl 1188.70049

Summary: We study orbital dynamics of a compound solar sail, namely, a Simple Solar Photon Thruster and compare its behavior to that of a common version of sailcraft. To perform this analysis, development of a mathematical model for force created by light reflection on all sailcraft elements is essential. We deduce the equations of sailcraft’s motion and compare performance of two schemes of solar propulsion for two test time-optimal control problems of trajectory transfer.

### MSC:

70F15 | Celestial mechanics |

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\textit{A. D. Guerman} et al., Math. Probl. Eng. 2009, Article ID 537256, 11 p. (2009; Zbl 1188.70049)

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