DROMO formulation for planar motions: solution to the Tsien problem Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2015

start page

  • 143

end page

  • 168


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  • 122

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0923-2958

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1572-9478


  • The two-body problem subject to a constant radial thrust is analyzed as a planar motion. The description of the problem is performed in terms of three perturbation methods: DROMO and two others due to Deprit. All of them rely on Hansen's ideal frame concept. An explicit, analytic, closed-form solution is obtained for this problem when the initial orbit is circular (Tsien problem), based on the DROMO special perturbation method, and expressed in terms of elliptic integral functions. The analytical solution to the Tsien problem is later used as a reference to test the numerical performance of various orbit propagation methods, including DROMO and Deprit methods, as well as Cowell and Kustaanheimo-Stiefel methods.