STATE TRANSITION MATRIX FOR RELATIVE MOTION INCLUDING HIGHER-ORDER GRAVITY PERTURBATIONS Conference Paper uri icon

abstract

  • This paper extends the prediction accuracy of the Gim-Alfriend-J2-based state transition matrix (GA STM) by including higher-order gravity perturbations due to J 2 2 , J4, and J6. In lieu of an analytical mean-to-osculating element transformation, consistent initial osculating elements for a given set of mean elements are obtained by a least squares approach. Numerical results show that the extended GA STM is more accurate than its original version, with a remarkable reduction obtained in the cross-track, over the J2 model. It is observed that the along-track relative motion error does not monotonically decrease as the higher-order effects are included incrementally. These results are validated by the simulation package GMAT.

author list (cited authors)

  • Yan, H., Vadali, S. R., & Alfriend, K. T.

publication date

  • January 2014