halo orbit


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halo orbit

A very stable orbit in which the periods of the planar and vertical components are equal. Spacecraft orbiting a Lagrangian point, such as L1 or L2 in the Sun–Earth system, follow such an orbit.
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The particle detectors and the magnetometer payload can provide information on charged particles and the magnetic field reaching the halo orbit around L1.
This means that by rendezvousing with the asteroid and holding a halo orbit in the appropriate direction, the ARM robotic spacecraft can slowly pull the asteroid without touching it.
Astronomers have discovered two exoplanets orbiting Kapteyn's Star, a nearby, dim M dwarf in a Milky Way Galaxy halo orbit that likely formed in another galaxy.
This Apollo-on-steroids vehicle would be lofted into a halo orbit about the Earth-moon Lagrange point L2.
The telescope will be in a very large 800,000 kilometres radius halo orbit around L2, and so will avoid any part of Earth's shadow.
With exactly the required parameters: halo orbit around the L-2 Earth Lagrange point.
A satellite would, in fact be placed into a halo orbit around the L- 2 point instead of exactly in L-2 point.
He covers such fundamental maneuvering problems as halo orbit determination, rendezvous and orbital transfers as well.
From there, the microsatellite will perform a one-year mission resulting in a halo orbit around the Lunar Lagrange L1 point, which is located at about 85 percent of the distance from Earth to the Moon.
A Boeing (NYSE:BA) Delta II rocket is poised to help NASA investigate the beginnings of our solar system by launching Genesis into a halo orbit between the Earth and Sun.
It will provide more than 500,000 pounds of thrust to send Genesis into a halo orbit around one of Earth's Lagrange points (L1), where the gravitational pull between the Earth and sun is balanced.
Now well into its mission to collect material from the solar wind, NASA's Genesis probe has completed its first halo orbit around the L1 Lagrangian libration point on the Sunward side of Earth.