Boundary-value problem formulations for computing invariant manifolds and connecting orbits in the circular restricted three body problem

R.C.Calleja, E.J.Doedel, A.R.Humphries, A.Lemus-Rodríguez, E.B.Oldeman

Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy 114(1-2): 77-106

2012


ISSN/ISBN: 0923-2958
DOI: 10.1007/s10569-012-9434-y
Accession: 036564097

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Abstract
We demonstrate the remarkable effectiveness of boundary value formulations coupled to numerical continuation for the computation of stable and unstable manifolds in systems of ordinary differential equations. Specifically, we consider the circular restricted three-body problem (CR3BP), which models the motion of a satellite in an Earth Moon-like system. The CR3BP has many well-known families of periodic orbits, such as the planar Lyapunov orbits and the non-planar vertical and halo orbits. We compute the unstable manifolds of selected vertical and halo orbits, which in several cases leads to the detection of heteroclinic connections from such a periodic orbit to invariant tori. Subsequent continuation of these connecting orbits with a suitable end point condition and allowing the energy level to vary leads to the further detection of apparent homoclinic connections from the base periodic orbit to itself, or the detection of heteroclinic connections from the base periodic orbit to other periodic orbits. Some of these connecting orbits are of potential interest in space mission design.

Boundary-value problem formulations for computing invariant manifolds and connecting orbits in the circular restricted three body problem