Vasily Nikonov
Publications:
Burov A. A., Kosenko I., Nikonov V. I.
Spacecraft with Periodic Mass Redistribution: Regular and Chaotic Behaviour
2022, Vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 639649
Abstract
The motion of a spacecraft containing a moving massive point in the central field of Newtonian
attraction is considered. Within the framework of the socalled “satellite approximation”,
the center of mass of the system is assumed to move in an unperturbed elliptical Keplerian orbit.
The spacecraft’s dynamics about its center of mass is studied. Conditions under which the
spacecraft rotates about a perpendicular to the plane of the orbit uniformly with respect to the
true anomaly are found. Such uniform rotations are achieved using a specially selected rule for
changing the position of a massive point with respect to the spacecraft. Necessary conditions for
these uniform rotations are studied numerically. An analysis of the nonintegrability of a special
class of spacecraft’s rotation is carried out using the method of separatrix splitting. Poincaré
sections are constructed for certain parameter values. Several linearly stable periodic motions
are pointed out and investigated.

Burov A. A., Nikonov V. I.
Libration Points Inside a Spherical Cavity of a Uniformly Rotating Gravitating Ball
2021, Vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 413427
Abstract
The problem of the existence and stability of relative equilibria (libration points) of a uniformly
rotating gravitating body, which is a homogeneous ball with a spherical cavity, is considered.
It is assumed that the rotation is carried out around an axis perpendicular to the axis
of symmetry of the body and passing through its center of mass. The libration points located
inside the cavity are investigated. Families of both isolated and nonisolated relative equilibria
are found. Their stability and bifurcations are investigated. Realms of possible motion are
constructed.

Burov A. A., Nikonov V. I.
Inertial Characteristics of Higher Orders and Dynamics in a Proximity of a Small Celestial Body
2020, Vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 259273
Abstract
As is well known, many small celestial bodies are of a rather complex shape. Therefore, the
study of the dynamics of a spacecraft in their vicinity, based on terms up to the second order of
smallness in the expansion of the potential of attraction, seems to be insufficient for an adequate
description of the observed dynamical effects related, for example, to positioning of the libration
points. In this paper, such effects are demonstrated for spacecraft dynamics in the vicinity of the asteroid (2063) Bacchus. The libration points are computed for various approximations of the gravitational potential. The results of this computation are compared with similar results obtained before for the socalled Sludsky – Werner – Scheeres potential. The dependence of the structure of the regions of possible motions on approximation of the gravitational potential is also studied. 
Burov A. A., Guerman A., Raspopova E., Nikonov V. I.
On the use of the $K$means algorithm for determination of mass distributions in dumbbelllike celestial bodies
2018, Vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 4552
Abstract
It is well known that several small celestial objects are of irregular shape. In particular, there exist asteroids of the socalled “dogbone” shape. It turns out that approximation of these bodies by dumbbells, as proposed by V.V. Beletsky, provides an effective tool for analytical investigation of dynamics in vicinities of such bodies. There remains the question of how to divide reasonably a “dogbone” body into two parts using available measurement data. In this paper we introduce an approach based on the socalled $K$mean algorithm proposed by the prominent Polish mathematician H. Steinhaus. 
Burov A. A., Guerman A., Kosenko I., Nikonov V. I.
On the gravity of dumbbelllike bodies represented by a pair of intersecting balls
2017, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 243256
Abstract
The problem of the motion of a particle in the gravity field of a homogeneous dumbbelllike body composed of a pair of intersecting balls, whose radii are, in general, different, is studied. Approximation for the Newtonian potential of attraction is obtained. Relative equilibria and their properties are studied under the assumption of uniform rotation of the dumbbells.

Burov A. A., Nikonov V. I.
Stability and branching of stationary rotations in a planar problem of motion of mutually gravitating triangle and material point
2016, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 179196
Abstract
The planar motion of an equilateral triangle with equal masses at vertices and of a point subjected to mutual Newtonian attraction is considered. Necessary conditions for the stability of “straight”, axial steady configurations, when the massive point is located on one of the symmetry axes of the triangle, are studied. The generation of other, “oblique”, steady configurations is discussed in connection with the variation, for certain parameter values, of the degree of instability of some “straight” steady configurations.
