Wednesday, May 26

Space Missions and Dynamical Systems

10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Room: Wasatch A/B

Modern dynamical systems theory began with Poincaré's study of the three-body problem. Space missions are increasingly more complex; demands on the orbit to solve engineering problems have grown beyond the conic-centered astrodynamic infrastructure. The delicate heteroclinic dynamics used by the Genesis Mission dramatically illustrates the need for a new paradigm: dynamical systems. Furthermore, the same dynamics has much more to say about the morphology and transport of material within the Solar System. The synergistic interplay between the natural dynamics of the Solar System and applications to engineering is a guiding principle in this field.

Organizer: Martin W. Lo
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

10:00-10:25 From Genesis to Armageddon
Martin W. Lo, Organizer
10:30-10:55 Heteroclinic Connections and Resonance Transitions in Celestial Mechanics
Wang Sang Koon, California Institute of Technology
11:00-11:25 Tools to Explore Libration Point Orbits
Gerard Gómez, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain; and UpdatedJ. Masdemont, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
11:30-11:55 Libration Orbit Missions: Historical Perspective and Future Applications
David Folta, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

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