Heteroclinic optimal control solutions for attitude motion planning

James Biggs, Craig David Maclean, Albert Caubet

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An analytical attitude motion planning method is presented that exploits the heteroclinic connections of an optimal kinematic control problem. This class of motion, of hyperbolic type, supply a special case of analytically defined
rotations that can be further optimised to select a suitable reference motion that minimises accumulated torque and the final orientation error amongst these motions. This analytical approach could be used to improve the overall performance of a spacecraft’s attitude dynamics and control system when
used alongside current flight tested tracking controllers. The resulting algorithm only involves optimising a small number of parameters of standard functions and is simple to implement.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2013
EventAustralian Control Conference, ACC 2013 - Perth, Australia
Duration: 4 Nov 20135 Nov 2013


ConferenceAustralian Control Conference, ACC 2013


  • optimal control
  • heteroclinic connections
  • motion planning


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