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Spaceborne Autonomous Relative Control System for Dual Satellite Formations

Ardaens, Jean-Sébastien and D'Amico, Simone (2009) Spaceborne Autonomous Relative Control System for Dual Satellite Formations. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 32 (6), pp. 1859-1870. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). DOI: 10.2514/1.42855

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Autonomous formation flight is a technical challenge of great interest for many scientific missions. Among other applications, the design of synthetic apertures is a promising benefit of using distributed spacecraft. Even if numerous studies exist in the literature, the formation flying concepts and applications were until now rather theoretical. The TanDEM-X Autonomous Formation Flying system presented in this paper will be implemented in the upcoming TanDEM-X mission and contributes as such to increase the readiness level of this technology. The paper focuses on the design of a guidance, navigation, and control system enabling the autonomous relative control of two spacecraft flying on near-circular orbits. Emphasis is given to the practical implementation within an onboard embedded computer, which requires a simple, resource-sparing, and robust design of the system. Therefore, the algorithms are tailored to minimize the usage of onboard resources and to allow the harmonious integration of the relative control system within the space segment. The validation of TanDEM-X Autonomous Formation Flying performed using a hardware-in-the-loop testbed shows that control performance at the meter level is expected.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/63376/
Document Type:Article
Title:Spaceborne Autonomous Relative Control System for Dual Satellite Formations
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Ardaens, Jean-Sébastienjean-sebastien.ardaens (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
D'Amico, Simonesimone.damico (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.2514/1.42855
Page Range:pp. 1859-1870
Publisher:American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Keywords:Formation Flying, TAFF
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignment
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - no assignment (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > GSOC-German Space Operations Center
Deposited By: Ardaens, Jean-Sebastien
Deposited On:02 Mar 2010 17:49
Last Modified:08 Mar 2018 18:44

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