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Application of Mean-Motion-Based Artificial Potentials for a Cluster Flight Mission Scenario

Fumenti, Federico and Seelbinder, David and Theil, Stephan (2019) Application of Mean-Motion-Based Artificial Potentials for a Cluster Flight Mission Scenario. CEAS EuroGNC 2019, 03-05 April 2019, Milan, Italy.

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Abstract

Cluster flight is one of the key technologies that are required to enable the deployment of distributed space systems. Through the concept of cluster flight, a large monolithic structure can be replaced with multiple smaller spacecraft, permitting to overcome physical limitations and improve mission performance. To ensure a safe relative motion between several objects that fly in proximity, the guidance and control algorithm must be designed in order to be scalable, autonomous, and responsive. A technique to meet these requirements by employing the method of the artificial potentials is presented in this paper. For a cluster of spacecraft that are distributed in the along-track direction in a leader-follower manner, the relative distances can be altered by focusing and adjusting the mean motion of the spacecraft. An artificial-potential-based approach can be used to evaluate corrections of the semi-major axes by only reacting on the current configuration, with no need to perform trajectory predictions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/127132/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Application of Mean-Motion-Based Artificial Potentials for a Cluster Flight Mission Scenario
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Fumenti, FedericoFederico.Fumenti (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8083-5889
Seelbinder, Daviddavid.seelbinder (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4080-3169
Theil, StephanStephan.Theil (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5346-8091
Date:2019
Refereed publication:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:artificial potentials, cluster flight
Event Title:CEAS EuroGNC 2019
Event Location:Milan, Italy
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:03-05 April 2019
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - no assignment
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Navigation and Control Systems
Deposited By: Fumenti, Federico
Deposited On:24 Apr 2019 09:26
Last Modified:24 Apr 2019 09:26

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