The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences

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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Dr. Maruthi Akella, Editor-in-Chief
The University of Texas at Austin
Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
2617 Wichita Street
ASE Building, C0600
Austin, TX 78712

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

Associate Editors:

Dr. Rodney AndersonNASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. Eric ButcherUniversity of Arizona
Dr. Stefano Campagnola, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. Kyle DeMars, Texas A&M University
Dr. Tarek A. ElgoharyUniversity of Central Florida
Dr. Carolin FruehPurdue University
Dr. David GellerUtah State University
Dr. Jennifer S. HudsonWestern Michigan University
Dr. Martin OzimekJohns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Dr. Ryan ParkNASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. Powtawche ValerinoAerodyne Industries


Submission of Manuscripts:
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Impact Factor, a measure of journal quality that is published annually by Clarivate Analytics, equals the number of journal article citations in year N to journal articles published during the prior two years (N-1, N-2) divided by the number of articles published in years N-1 and N-2. The Five-year impact factor adds three prior years to the two years noted above. The 2019 Journal Impact Factor of 2.775 is about 86 percentile relative to journals in the same subject category.

Recent Papers:

Volume 67, Issue 3

On the use of Generalized Rodrigues Parameters for Representing Rigid Body Rotations
Gabriele Giorgi

Electrostatic Force and Moment Approximations of Coulomb Charged Spacecraft Based on Center of Charge
Mohammad Poursina, Eric A. Butcher

A Study of Albedo Effects on Libration Points in the Elliptic Restricted Three-Body Problem
M. Javed Idrisi, M. Shahbaz Ullah

Swarm Optimization of Lunar Transfers from Earth Orbit with Operational Constraints
Justin R. Mansell, Samantha Dickmann, David A. Spencer

Mars Trojan Orbits for Continuous Earth-Mars Communication
Mark Jesick

Mission Design and Analysis for Mars Orbiter Mission
Kuldeep Negi, B. S. Kiran, Satyendra Kumar Singh

EQUULEUS Trajectory Design
Kenshiro Oguri, Kenta Oshima, Stefano Campagnola,

Trajectory Design Leveraging Low-Thrust, Multi-Body Equilibria and their Manifolds
Andrew D. Cox, Kathleen C. Howell, David C. Folta

Finite Horizon Optimal Nonlinear Spacecraft Attitude Control
Ahmed Khamis, Dawid Zydek

Generalized Composite Noncertainty-Equivalence Adaptive Control of Orbiting Spacecraft in Vicinity of Asteroid
Keum W. Lee, Sahjendra N. Singh

State Uncertainty Normality Detection
Sven K. Flegel, James C. Bennett

Space Objects Classification via Light-Curve Measurements Using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks
Richard Linares, Roberto Furfaro, Vishnu Reddy

Identification of Partially Resolved Objects in Space Imagery with Convolutional Neural Networks
Christopher A. Ertl, John A. Christian

Unit Sphere-Constrained and Higher Order Interpolations in Laplace’s Method of Initial Orbit Determination
Ethan R. Burnett, Andrew J. Sinclair, Carolyn C. Fisk

A Drag Coefficient Modeling Approach Using Spatial and Temporal Fourier Expansions for Orbit Determination
Vishal Ray, Daniel J. Scheeres, Siamak G. Hesar,

Optical Navigation Preparations for the New Horizons Kuiper-Belt Extended Mission
Derek S. Nelson, Erik J. Lessac-Chenen, John Y. Pelgrift,