Nonlinear Modeling of Spacecraft Relative Motion in the Configuration Space

Pini Gurfil, N. Jeremy Kasdin

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A methodology to obtain arbitrary high-order approximations to the relative motion between spacecraft was developed by utilizing the Cartesian configuration space in conjunction with orbital elements. The time-series parameterization of the relative position vector, constitutes a powerful analysis and modeling tool, which provides insight into the relative dynamics of spacecraft formations. The insight obtained was used to design 'natural' orbits for formation flying. It was stated that second-order solutions are suffucient to approximate orbits with high relative inclinations and eccentricities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-157
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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