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Title: Satellite formation flying: Robust algorithms for propulsion, path planning and control
Authors: Saaj, Chakravarthini M.
Lappas, Vaios
Richie, D.
Gazi, Veysel
Schaub, H.
Keywords: Artificial potential field
Formation flying
Path planning
Sliding mode control
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Source: 2009 10th European Control Conference, ECC 2009, 23 August 2009 through 26 August 2009, , 111795
Abstract: Propulsion, path planning and control of satellite formations in Geostationary Earth Orbits (GEO) and other high Earth Orbits is a challenging problem. This paper presents the results of the analysis of two types of controllers for satellite formation flying; the first one linear, using classical Proportional-Derivative (PD) control, and the second one nonlinear, using Sliding Mode Control (SMC). The Artificial Potential Field (APF) method is used for collision-free path planning of the satellites in the formation. The satellites are propelled using Coulomb forces and conventional electric/ion thrusters. This hybrid propulsion is more efficient as it minimizes the use of on-board power. Simulation results show that for the formation flying scenario considered in this study, the sliding mode controller gives better performance over the PD controller. Simulation results prove that for the tetrahedron formation considered in this study, both the control effort and drift in the geometric center of the formation are less when a sliding mode controller is used. © 2009 EUCA.
ISBN: 9783952417393
Appears in Collections:Elektrik ve Elektronik Mühendisliği Bölümü / Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering
Scopus İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / Scopus Indexed Publications Collection

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