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Spaceborne Autonomous Formation Flying Experiment on the PRISMA Mission

D'Amico, Simone and Ardaens, Jean-Sebastien and Larsson, Robin (2012) Spaceborne Autonomous Formation Flying Experiment on the PRISMA Mission. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 35 (3), pp. 834-850. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). doi: 10.2514/1.55638.

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The Prototype Research Instruments and Space Mission Technology Advancement (PRISMA) represents the first European technology demonstration of formation-flying and on-orbit-servicing techniques. Several hardware and software experiments, either at subsystem or system levels, have been successfully conducted since the launch of the dual-satellite mission in June 2010. This paper describes the guidance, navigation, and control functionalities and presents key flight results from the so-called Spaceborne Autonomous Formation-Flying Experiment (SAFE) executed in September 2010 and March 2011 as one of the primary PRISMA mission objectives. SAFE is intended to demonstrate autonomous acquisition, keeping, and reconfiguration of passive relative orbits for advanced remote sensing and rendezvous applications. As shown in the paper, the onboard Global Positioning System navigation system provides relative orbit information in real time with an accuracy better than 10 cm and 1 mm/s (threedimensional, root mean square) in position and velocity, respectively. The impulsive formation control achieves accuracies better than 10m (three-dimensional, root mean square) for separations below 2 km with minimum usage of thrusters, ensuring high predictability for simplified mission operations and minimum collision risk for increased safety

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/74343/
Document Type:Article
Title:Spaceborne Autonomous Formation Flying Experiment on the PRISMA Mission
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
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
Page Range:pp. 834-850
Publisher:American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Keywords:PRISMA, formation flying, SAFE, demonstration, flight results, navigation, control, autonomy
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: D'Amico, Simone
Deposited On:23 Jan 2012 17:45
Last Modified:29 Nov 2023 12:41

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