Relative dynamics and control of high area-to-mass ratio spacecraft flying around an oblate Earth exploiting solar radiation pressure

Giorgio Mingotti, Colin McInnes

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pagesarticle AAS-14-215
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2014
Event24th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting 2014 - New Mexico, Santa Fe, United States
Duration: 26 Jan 201430 Jan 2014

Conference

Conference24th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting 2014
CountryUnited States
CitySanta Fe
Period26/01/1430/01/14

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Keywords

  • dynamics and control
  • high area-to-mass spacecraft
  • solar radiation pressure
  • micro-spacecraft

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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.