Dynamics and control of spacecraft formation flying in three-body trajectories

Pini Gurfil, N. Jeremy Kasdin

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Abstract

This paper addresses the problem of relative position control of spacecraft formation flying (SFFj utilizing the framework of the circular restricted three body problem (CR3BP) with the Sun and Earth as the primary gravitational bodies. The use of CR3BP trajectories necessitate the development of specialized tools. Particularly, the general, non-restrictive equations of motion are used. To generate a model of the relative spacecraft dynamics, a linearization is performed relative to an arbitrary non-Keplerian reference trajectory, so that linear time-varying differential equations result. It is rigorously proved that the open-loop linearized SFF dynamics is unstable but controllable. It is further proposed to use continuous plasma electric propulsion to control the formation. A time-varying continuous linear-quadratic control law, which inherently offers both stationkeeping and formationkeeping capabilities is then developed. A complete internal disturbance model is used, rendering a robust disturbance rejection performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit 2001 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Aug 6 2001Aug 9 2001

Publication series

NameAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit

Other

OtherAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit 2001
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period8/6/018/9/01

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Gurfil, P., & Kasdin, N. J. (2001). Dynamics and control of spacecraft formation flying in three-body trajectories. In AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit (AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit).