Microsatellite formation flying using pulsed plasma thruster and solar sailing at Earth Moon L4

Junquan Li, Steve Greenland, Craig Clark, Mark A. Post

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Abstract

This paper presents a deep space formation flying mission using microsatellites with pulsed plasma thrusters and solar sails as propulsion systems. The circular restricted three body problem with consideration of solar gravitation was used as the equation of motion. Formation flying near Earth Moon triangular libration points uses short period trajectories as relative references. Simulation results using a nonaffine control strategy are provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed propulsion systems for formation flying near triangular libration points.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
Publication statusUnpublished - 10 Jun 2015
Event8th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 8 Jun 201510 Jun 2015

Conference

Conference8th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period8/06/1510/06/15

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Keywords

  • solar sailing
  • formation flying
  • space missions
  • plasma thruster
  • propulsion systems
  • Earth Moon

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Li, J., Greenland, S., Clark, C., & Post, M. A. (2015). Microsatellite formation flying using pulsed plasma thruster and solar sailing at Earth Moon L4. Paper presented at 8th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying, Delft, Netherlands.