Reconfiguration manoeuvers for formation-flying are investigated in this paper, where micro-spacecraft with high area-to-mass ratio and small length-scale are considered. Assuming the exact J2 nonlinear relative dynamics, an optimal control problem is formulated to accomplish the manoeuvers. A continuous control acceleration is applied to the system dynamics via a propellant-free approach, which exploits differential solar radiation pressure by means of electrochromic coating. A new class of space missions is enabled, based on swarms of micro-spacecraft with sensing, computing, bi-directional communicating and micro-power sources.
|Publication status||Published - 26 Jan 2014|
|Event||24th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting 2014 - New Mexico, Santa Fe, United States|
Duration: 26 Jan 2014 → 30 Jan 2014
|Conference||24th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting 2014|
|Period||26/01/14 → 30/01/14|
- dynamics and control
- high area-to-mass spacecraft
- solar radiation pressure
Mingotti, G., & McInnes, C. (2014). Relative dynamics and control of high area-to-mass ratio spacecraft flying around an oblate Earth exploiting solar radiation pressure. article AAS-14-215. Paper presented at 24th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting 2014, Santa Fe, United States.