Mississippi State University
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (M.S.)
James Worth Bagley College of Engineering
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Given the absence of an orbital system to communicate from the far side of the Moon, it is likely that such a system shall be needed in the near future with the continued interest in lunar exploration and utilization. A strategy for a long-term libration orbit at the Earth-Moon L2 point is developed. This strategy allows for uninterrupted two-way communication between the Earth and the far side of the Moon and vice versa while also maintaining low fuel costs, thus increasing the duration of possible missions. A scenario was created in STK that created such an orbit. The results of the scenario predict a total station keeping delta-V cost of only 3.23 m/s for a satellite to stay in the vicinity of the EML2 point for five years.
Rowells, Michelle Tamasco, "Development of a Long-Term Earth-Moon Trans-Lunar Libration Point Orbit for a Communication Relay Satellite" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 1414.