Computing Invariant Manifolds for Libration Point Missions

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© 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG. The goal of this lecture is to review several methodologies for the computation of invariant manifolds, having in mind the needs of preliminary mission design of libration point missions. Because of this, the methods reviewed are developed for and applied to the circular, spatial restricted three-body problem (RTBP), although most of them can be applied with few changes, or almost none, to general dynamical systems. The methodology reviewed covers the computation of (families of) fixed points, periodic orbits, and invariant tori, together with the stable and unstable manifolds of all these kinds of invariant objects, and also homoclinic and heteroclinic connections between them. The methods reviewed include purely numerical and semi-analytical ones. No background is assumed except for a graduate level knowledge of calculus, differential equations and basic numerical methods. In particular, the notions from the theory of dynamical systems required for the development of the methods are introduced as needed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer INdAM Series
Number of pages64
ISBN (Electronic)2281-5198
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Automatic differentiation
  • Center manifold
  • Halo orbits
  • Homoclinic and heteroclinic connections
  • Invariant manifolds
  • Invariant tori
  • Libration points
  • Lissajous orbits
  • Parameterization method
  • Periodic orbits
  • Restricted Three-Body Problem


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