Mirror formation control in the vicinity of an asteroid

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Abstract

Two strategies are presented for the positioning and control of a spacecraft formation designed to focus sunlight onto a point on the surface of asteroid, thereby sublimating the material and ejecting debris creating thrust. In the first approach, the formation is located at artficial equilibrium points around the asteroid and controlled using the force from the solar radiation pressure. The second approach determines the optimal periodic formation orbits, subject to the gravitational perturbations from the asteroid, the solar radiation pressure and the control acceleration derived from a control law.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2008
EventAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2008 - Hawaii, United States
Duration: 18 Aug 200821 Aug 2008

Conference

ConferenceAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2008
CountryUnited States
CityHawaii
Period18/08/0821/08/08

Keywords

  • formation flying
  • control design
  • asteroid deflection
  • solar radiation

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    Vasile, M., Maddock, C., & Radice, G. (2008). Mirror formation control in the vicinity of an asteroid. Paper presented at AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2008, Hawaii, United States.