A dynamical systems approach to micro spacecraft autonomy

Blair Brown, Colin McInnes

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The drive toward reducing the size and mass of spacecraft has put new constraints on the computational resources available for control and decision making algorithms. The aim of this paper is to present alternative methods for decision making algorithms that can be introduced for micro-spacecraft. The motivation behind this work comes from dynamical systems theory. Systems of differential equations can be built to define behaviors which can be manipulated to define an action selection algorithm. These algorithms can be mathematically validated and shown to be computationally efficient, providing robust autonomous control with a modest computational overhead.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2010
Event20th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting - San Diego, California
Duration: 14 Feb 201017 Feb 2010


Conference20th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
CitySan Diego, California


  • micro spacecraft
  • control algorithms
  • decision-making algorithms
  • dynamical systems theory
  • robust autonomous control


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