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University of California, Irvine

Earth-Moon Cyclers

This is a collaborative project, supported by the California-Catalonia Engineering Innovation Program, and involves Prof. Benjamin Villac (UCI), Prof. Josep Mondelo (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) and industry partners Universal Space Lines (Newport Beach, CA) and GTD Systems and Software Engineering (Barcelona, Spain). The objective is to compute, classify, and assess periodic orbits in the Earth-Moon system with regard to their utility for communications, navigation, and cargo transportation in cis-lunar space. Dynamical systems theory, analytical perturbation methods, and numerical methods are being used to compute families of periodic orbits that visit both Earth and Moon.



J. Casoliva, J. Mondelo, B. Villac, K. D. Mease, E. Barrabes, and M. Olle, Two Classes of Cycler Trajectories in the Earth-Moon System, J. Guidance, Control and Dynamics, to appear.

J. Casoliva, J.M. Mondelo, B.F. Villac, K.D. Mease, E. Barrabes and M. Olle, "Families of Cycler Trajectories in the Earth-Moon System," AIAA/AAS Astrodynamic Specialist Conference, Honolulu, HI, August 2008


Flight Dynamics and Control Lab Flight Dynamics and Control Lab

UCI University Of California, Irvine

To contact Professor Mease: kmease@uci.edu