The autonomous configuration of satellite formations using generic potential functions

F. McQuade, R. Ward, F. Ortix, C.R. McInnes

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


A path-planning tool has been developed to generate safe trajectories from initial docking release to a specified observation point and back to docking for a small free-flying robot camera manoeuvring in proximity to the international space station (ISS). This work was partly supported by Daimler-Chrysler GmbH (now part of the Astrium group) for the ISS Inspector free-flying camera. The tool makes use of ellipse of safety (EOS) trajectories to enforce long-term passive safety requirements in the presence of differential air drag during the fly around phases of the manoeuvre, while transferring between the docking port and observation point.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation-Flying
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • path planning
  • mobile robot systems
  • formation flying
  • spacecraft
  • trajectory generation
  • space flight
  • propulsion systems


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