This book presents the state of the art in numerical and analytical techniques as well as future trends associated with mission design for libration point orbits. It contains papers explaining theoretical developments and their applications, including the accurate description of some actual libration point missions of ESA and NASA. The existing software in the field and some applications beyond the neighborhood of the Earth are also presented. Special emphasis is placed on the use of dynamical systems methodology in the libration-point-orbits mission design.
* Mission Analysis and Operations: * Orbit Determination Issues for Libration Point Orbits (M Beckman) * Libration Point Missions, 1978-2002 (D W Dunham & R W Farquhar) * Herschel, Plank and GAIA Orbit Design (M Hechler & J Cobos) * The SOHO Mission L1 Halo Orbit Recovery from the Attitude Control Anomalies of 1998 (C E Roberts) * Dynamics Around the Libration Points: * New Results on Computation of Translunar Halo Orbits of the Real Earth-Moon System (M A Andreu) * Astrodynamical Applications of Invariant Manifolds Associated with Collinear Lissajous Libration Orbits (J Cobos & J J Masdemont) * Halo Orbits in the Sun-Mars System (I Gacka) * Libration Point Orbits: A Survey from the Dynamical Point of View (G Gomez et al.) * Software Tools: * Software Architexture and Use of Satellite Tool Kit's Astrogator Module for Libration Point Orbit Missions (J Carrico & E Fletcher) * An Architecture for a Generalized Spacecraft Trajectory Design and Optimization System (C Ocampo) * Solar System Dynamics and Applications: * Restricted Four and Five Body Problems in the Solar System (F Gabern & A Jorba) * One Kind of Collision Orbits Related to Lagrangian Libration Points (A E Rosaev) * Statistical Theory of Interior-Exterior Transition and Collision Probabilities (S Ross) * Smaller Alignment Index (SALI): Determining the Ordered or Chaotic Nature of Orbits in Conservative Dynamical Systems (Ch Skokos et al.) * and other papers