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Tube-based model predictive control for the approach maneuver of a spacecraft to a free-tumbling target satellite

Buckner, Caroline (2016) Tube-based model predictive control for the approach maneuver of a spacecraft to a free-tumbling target satellite. DLR-Interner Bericht. DLR-IB-RM-OP-2017-17. Master's. Technische Universität München. 210 S.

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Rendezvous and proximity maneuvers are historically critical operations. Such maneuvers include the approach and docking of a transport vessel to the International Space Station or the recovery of a tumbling satellite. Numerous control approaches have been proposed in recent decades for handling such maneuvers. In the past decade, many of these approaches have been based in Model Predictive Control. In this work, a tube-based robust model predictive controller is proposed for the robust control of a rendezvous maneuver. In the first part of this thesis, the theory for rendezvous and proximity maneuvers and for nominal and tube-based robust model predictive control is presented. Tube-based robust model predictive control is then applied to the well-studied double pendulum problem. The design methodology and controller are implemented in software, and the controller is simulated to reproduce the results presented for the application of this control method to the double pendulum problem in literature. In the second part of this thesis, the tube-based robust model predictive control framework is applied to a rendezvous maneuver with the unresponsive, tumbling Envisat. Uncertainty is introduced to this application of robust model predictive control through the uncertainty in the motion of the Envisat satellite. The chaser spacecraft will be required to successfully rendezvous with Envisat while tracking a pre-determined optimal trajectory and robustly satisfying the system constraints.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/111203/
Document Type:Monograph (DLR-Interner Bericht, Master's)
Title:Tube-based model predictive control for the approach maneuver of a spacecraft to a free-tumbling target satellite
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Number of Pages:210
Keywords:tube-based robust model predictive control, satellite, tumbling, rendezvous, reference tracking
Institution:Technische Universität München
Department:Ingenieurfakultät Bau Geo Umwelt
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project Space Debris (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics (since 2013)
Deposited By: Specht, Caroline
Deposited On:31 Jul 2017 16:23
Last Modified:18 Jul 2023 11:51

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