Invariant Manifolds, the Three-Body Problem and a Petit Grand Tour of Jovian Moons

Monday, October 29, 2001 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Keller 3-180
Wang Koon (California Institute of Technology)
The invariant manifold structures of the collinear libration points for the spatial restricted three-body problem provide the framework for understanding complex dynamical phenomena from a geometric point of view. In particular, the stable and unstable invariant manifold tubes associated to libration point orbits are the phase space structures that provide a conduit for orbits between primary bodies for separate three-body systems. These invariant manifold tubes can be used to construct new spacecraft trajectories, such as a Petit Grand Tour of the moons of Jupiter. Previous work focused on the planar circular restricted three-body problem. The current work extends the results to the spatial case.