The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences

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Dr. Kathleen C. Howell, Editor-in-Chief
School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
3233 Armstrong Hall
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Dr. Nathan Harl, Managing Editor
Sandia National Laboratories

Published quarterly since 1954 by the American Astronautical Society, The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences is an archival publication devoted to the sciences and technology of astronautics. Articles are published which present significant new results, important insights, or state of the art surveys in all areas of astrodynamics, celestial mechanics, atmospheric flight mechanics, navigation and guidance, and space related sciences. Authors are encouraged to submit papers on attitude dynamics, orbit determination, trajectory optimization, space mission analysis, numerical methods, maneuvering flight vehicles, dynamics and control of large flexible space structures, and space sciences related to new astronautical systems and their applications.

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Recent Papers:

On Noether’s Theorem and the Various Integrals of the Damped Linear Oscillator
      Andrew J. Sinclair, John E. Hurtado…


Extremal Control and Guidance Solutions for Orbital Transfer with Intermediate Thrust 
     Dilmurat M. Azimov, Fernando A. Sanabria


A Magnus Series-Based Modified Sweep Method for Optimal Control
     D. H. Cho, Srinivas R. Vadali


Deterministic Bilinear System Identification
     Cheh-Han Lee, Jer-Nan Juang


Stability of Nonlinear Systems with Unknown Time-varying Feedback Delay
      Apurva A. Chunodkar, Maruthi R. Akella


State Transition Matrix for Perturbed Orbital Motion Using Modified Chebyshev Picard Iteration
       Julie L. Read, Ahmad Bani Younes…


Asteroid Target Selection and Orbital Manipulation Sensitivity for Deflection Demonstration Missions
      J. P. Sanchez


Equivalence of Two Solutions of Wahba’s Problem
      F. Landis Markley


Efficient Covariance Interpolation Using Blending of Approximate Covariance Propagations
      Sergei Tanygin


Prospects of Relative Attitude Control Using Coulomb Actuation
      Hanspeter Schaub, Daan Stevenson


Enhanced Visualization and Autonomous Extraction of Poincaré Map Topology
      Wayne Schlei, Kathleen C. Howell…


Mission Considerations for Transfers to a Distant Retrograde Orbit
      Chelsea M. Welch, Jeffrey S. Parker…


On the Bound of Tschauner-Hempel Equations’ Error with Respect to Keplerian Motion
      Yong Hu, Yongchun Xie, Tiantian Jiang


Terminal Multiple Surface Sliding Guidance for Planetary Landing: Development, Tuning and Optimization via Reinforcement Learning
      Roberto Furfaro, Daniel R. Wibben…


Closed-form Solutions for Optimal Orbital Transfers Around Oblate Planets
      Alexander Galperin, Pini Gurfil


Analytic Transfer Functions for the Dynamics & Control of Flexible Rotating Spacecraft Performing Large Angle Maneuvers
      Tarek A. Elgohary, James D. Turner…


Trajectory Design for MoonRise: A Proposed Lunar South Pole Aitken Basin Sample Return Mission
      Jeffrey S. Parker, Timothy P. McElrath…


Transforming Mean and Osculating Elements Using Numerical Methods
      Todd A. Ely


Technical Note
Takagi-Sugeno Fuzzy Model-Based Control of Spacecraft with Flexible Appendage
      Mohammad A. Ayoubi, Chokri Sendi


An Accurate and Efficient Gaussian Fit Centroiding Algorithm for Star Trackers
      Tjorven Delabie, Joris De Schutter