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Optimal Autonomous Orbit Control of Remote Sensing Spacecraft

De Florio, Sergio and D'Amico, Simone (2009) Optimal Autonomous Orbit Control of Remote Sensing Spacecraft. 19th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 8-12 Feb 2009, Savannah, USA.

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This paper analyses the problem of the autonomous control of a satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) using an optimum controller. The type of controller considered is a standard Linear Quadratic Regulator (LQR). As the problem can also be treated as a two-satellites-formation control in which there is no cancellation of the common perturbative forces, its formulation is similar to that used in formation flying control problems. The driving orbit control requirement is to keep the satellite orbit within a maximum absolute distance of 250 m (r.m.s.) from a sun-synchronous, phased and frozen reference orbit. The control action is realized by means of in-plane and out of-plane thrusts whose cost is minimized by the optimal solution of the control problem. The PRISMA dual satellite mission flight software development and test environment is used as a first test-bed to validate the control algorithms. The PRISMA flight software and test environment allows a very realistic validation of the proposed control techniques. The TerraSAR-X mission scenario is use as a second test-bed for the validation of the control algorithm as it is a very representative example of LEO satellite for Earth observation with high demanding orbit control accuracy requirements.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/74350/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Title:Optimal Autonomous Orbit Control of Remote Sensing Spacecraft
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Date:February 2009
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:orbit control, optimum control, remote sensing, spacecraft orbit, low Earth orbit
Event Title:19th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Event Location:Savannah, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:8-12 Feb 2009
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 17:42
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 10:52

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