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Relative Orbit Control Design for the PRISMA Formation Flying Mission

D'Amico, Simone and Gill, Eberhard and Montenbruck, Oliver (2006) Relative Orbit Control Design for the PRISMA Formation Flying Mission. In: AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference. AIAA. AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, 2006-08-21 - 2006-08-24, Keystone, Colorado (USA).

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Time has come for the first European fully autonomous close-range formation flying demonstration in low Earth orbit. The PRISMA technology demonstration mission, originating from an initiative of the Swedish National Space Board and the Swedish Space Corporation, is currently in its development phase and will realize formation flying and rendezvous experiments involving two spacecraft at an altitude of 700km. In the frame of the German Aerospace Center’s contribution to PRISMA, this study addresses the GPS-based guidance, navigation and control (GNC) on-board functionalities for the maintenance of a robust and safe relative motion between two spacecraft with typical accuracies of a few tenths of meters and minimum thrusters usage. After an introduction of the GNC concept based on real-time GPS measurements filtering, relative orbital elements parameterization, and impulsive orbit control, emphasis is given to real world simulations of the system including the modeling of sensors and actuators. Finally, the paper derives realistic estimates of the expected relative orbit control performances and their dependencies on the accuracy of the GPS data filtering and the characteristics of the propulsion system.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Relative Orbit Control Design for the PRISMA Formation Flying Mission
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Montenbruck, OliverUNSPECIFIED
Date:August 2006
Journal or Publication Title:AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference
Keywords:PRISMA, GN&C, Relative Orbit Control, Formation Flying
Event Title:AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference
Event Location:Keystone, Colorado (USA)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2006-08-21 - 2006-08-24
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignement
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):W -- no assignement (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training
Deposited By: Simone D'Amico
Deposited On:23 Jul 2007
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 20:23

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