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End-of-Life Disposal of Spacecraft in Highly Elliptical Orbits by Means of Luni-Solar Perturbations and Moon Resonances

Colombo, Camilla 1, Alessi, Elisa Maria 1, Landgraf, Markus1
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Publishing year2013 PublisherESA Publishing typeConference Name of conference6th European Conference on Space Debris
Pagesn/a Volume
L. Ouwehand


This paper presents a preliminary investigation of some possible strategies for the disposal of spacecraft on Highly Elliptical Orbits at the end-of-life. The effect of luni-solar perturbations is analysed through a simplified phase space model. This allows identifying the conditions for re-entry in the Earth's atmosphere. As a second strategy, Moon resonances are studied to increase the orbit perigee and transfer the spacecraft on weak capture orbits.