Feasibility checks and control laws for reconfigurations of spacecraft clusters

Nima Moshtagh, Amir Ali Ahmadi, Mehran Mesbahi

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A multi-spacecraft system consists of wirelessly-connected spacecraft that share resources in Earth orbit or deep space. One of the enabling technologies of such a fractionated space architecture is cluster flight, which provides the cluster with the capability to perform a cluster scatter and regather maneuvers to rapidly evade debris-like threats or to reconfigure for scientific missions. In this work, we study the cluster reconfiguration problem. First, we propose an algorithm based on semidefinite programming to check for the feasibility of a desired configuration. Next, we provide a control law for cluster reconfiguration that requires only relative state information and the adjacency matrix of the underlying network topology. Stability analysis and simulation results are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 American Control Conference, ACC 2012
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781457710957
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2012 American Control Conference, ACC 2012 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Jun 27 2012Jun 29 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2012 American Control Conference, ACC 2012
CityMontreal, QC

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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