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Electrostatic Force for Swarm Navigation and Reconfiguration

Pettazzi, Lorenzo and Krüger, Hans and Theil, Stephan and Izzo, Dario (2009) Electrostatic Force for Swarm Navigation and Reconfiguration. Acta Futura (3), pp. 80-86. ESA/ESTEC. DOI: 10.2420/ACT-BOK-AF03

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In this work the concept of a swarm of satellites controlled by a hybrid thrusting electrostatic actuation system is assessed. On one side the propulsion system is investigated. First from the model of the interaction between the space plasma and a charged spacecraft a set of requirements is derived. This allows to define an actuation system for charge control. Then the applicability of the electrostatic actuation for formation keeping and reconfiguration of swarms of satellites is assessed. In particular this work aims at demonstrating that the electrostatic actuation can be exploited in a decentralized control scheme to trigger high fuel savings in reconfiguration maneuvers of swarms of satellites. To this end a novel charging strategy has been developed. The resulting system has been tested under different possible simulations and it has shown good performances in terms of reduction of the fuel expenditure for the whole swarm.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/64294/
Document Type:Article
Title:Electrostatic Force for Swarm Navigation and Reconfiguration
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Pettazzi, LorenzoUniversity of BremenUNSPECIFIED
Krüger, HansHans.Krueger (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Theil, StephanStephan.Theil (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Izzo, Dariodario.izzo (at) esa.intUNSPECIFIED
Date:December 2009
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Futura
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.2420/ACT-BOK-AF03
Page Range:pp. 80-86
Llorens Montolio, Jose jose.llorens@imm.cnm.csic.es
Izzo, Dario Dario.Izzo@esa.int
Ampatzis , Christos UNSPECIFIED
Biscani, Francesco UNSPECIFIED
Keywords:satellite swarms, coulomb satellite, formation control, acquisition, reconfiguration
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Orbitale Systemtechnik (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Regelungs- und Datensysteme
Deposited By: Theil, Dr.-Ing. Stephan
Deposited On:15 Jun 2010 13:35
Last Modified:07 Feb 2013 19:39

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