Nonlinear Low-Thrust Lyapunov-Based Control of Spacecraft Formations

Pini Gurfil, N. Jeremy Kasdin

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This paper develops a new Lyapunov-based controller for control of spacecraft flying in formations. Classical orbital elements are used to model the state-space dynamics. Using Gauss's variational equations, a low-thrust, closed-loop feedback controller is developed. It is shown that orbital elements-based controllers will generally perform better on low Erath orbits because the orbital transfer problem associated with the formationkeeping is weakly stabilizeable on geosynchronous and high Earth orbits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1758-1763
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the American Control Conference
StatePublished - 2003
Event2003 American Control Conference - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Jun 4 2003Jun 6 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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