Orbital mission analysis for a lunar mapping satellite

Sang Young Park, John L. Junkins

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Using a frozen orbit concept, we establish a new lunar mapping orbit which is near circular, near polar, near constant low altitude, and near sun-synchronous. A proper orbit is one whose mean elements are constant, except for uniform precession of the line of nodes and periapsis over a month, and periodic element variations are suitably small. With the INT lunar gravity model, we find a family frozen orbits that are near polar, so global coverage can be achieved in one month. This family of frozen orbits yields an attractive set of lunar mapping orbits with 100 km altitude and good control over sunlight conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Jan 1
EventAstrodynamics Conference, 1994 - Scottsdale, United States
Duration: 1994 Aug 11994 Aug 3


OtherAstrodynamics Conference, 1994
CountryUnited States


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Park, S. Y., & Junkins, J. L. (1994). Orbital mission analysis for a lunar mapping satellite. 93-98. Paper presented at Astrodynamics Conference, 1994, Scottsdale, United States.