Edoardo Legnaro

Academy of Athens, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

A detailed dynamical model for inclination-only dependent lunisolar resonances. Effect on the “eccentricity growth” mechanism

The focus of the presentation will be inclination-only dependent lunisolar resonances, which shape the dynamics of a MEO object over secular time scales (i.e. several decades).
We discuss an analytic model yielding the correct form of the separatrices of each one of the major lunisolar resonances in the “action” space (i, e) (inclination, eccentricity) for any given semi-major axis a.
We then highlight how our method is able to predict and explain the main structures found numerically in Fast Lyapunov Indicator (FLI) cartography.
We focus on explaining the dependence of the FLI maps from the initial phase of the argument of perigee ω and of the longitude of the ascending node Ω of the object and of the moon ΩL.
In addition, on the basis of our model, we discuss the role played by the Ω-ΩL and the 2Ω-ΩL resonances, which overlap with the inclination-only dependent ones as they sweep the region for increasing values of a, generating large domains of chaotic motion.
Our results provide a framework useful in designing low-cost satellite deployment or space debris mitigation strategies, exploiting the natural dynamics of lunisolar resonances that increase an object’s eccentricity up until it reaches a domain where friction leads to atmospheric re-entry.

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A detailed dynamical model for inclination-only dependent lunisolar resonances. Effect on the "eccentricity growth" mechanism
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