A complex exponential solution to the unified two-body problem Academic Article uri icon


  • A complex exponential solution has been derived which unifies the elliptic and hyperbolic trajectories into a single set of equations and provides an exact, analytical solution to the unperturbed, Keplerian two-body problem. The formulation eliminates singularities associated with the elliptic and hyperbolic trajectories that arise from these orbits. Using this complex exponential solution formulation, a variation of parameters formulation for the perturbed two-body problem has been derived. In this paper, we present the analytical formulation of the complex exponential solution, numerical simulations, a comparison with classical solution methods, and highlight the benefits of this approach compared with the classical developments. Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Henderson, T. A., Junkins, J. L., & Radice, G.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Henderson, Troy A||Junkins, John L||Radice, Gianmarco

publication date

  • August 2009