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TanDEM-X Autonomous Formation Flying System: Flight Results

Ardaens, Jean-Sébastien and Fischer, Denis (2012) TanDEM-X Autonomous Formation Flying System: Flight Results. Journal of Mechanics Engineering and Automation, 2 (5), pp. 332-340. ISSN 2159-5275.

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The TanDEM-X mission is a scientific and commercial Earth observation mission comprising two satellites flying in close formation. The formation maintenance can be advantageously performed by an onboard autonomous system, which reduces the operational efforts, provides a shorter reaction time in case of contingencies and increases the control performance. The TanDEM-X Autonomous Formation Flying (TAFF) system has been developed for this purpose and is intended to replace the ground-based formation keeping activities during routine operations. TAFF has been activated for the first time in October 2010 for commissioning, during which the autonomous usage of thrusters was prohibited. Afterwards, a closed-loop campaign was successfully conducted in March 2011, demonstrating the capability of TAFF to maintain autonomously the formation. After a brief technical description of the system, the paper presents the key results gained during the commissioning phase and the closed-loop campaign.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/80847/
Document Type:Article
Title:TanDEM-X Autonomous Formation Flying System: Flight Results
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Ardaens, Jean-Sébastienjean-sebastien.ardaens (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Fischer, DenisDenis.Fischer (at) astrium.eads.net UNSPECIFIED
Date:May 2012
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Mechanics Engineering and Automation
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 332-340
Keywords:spacecraft autonomy, aerospace control, closed-loop control, navigation systems
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Projekt TanDEM-X (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Space Flight Technology
Deposited By: Ardaens, Jean-Sebastien
Deposited On:24 Jan 2013 08:12
Last Modified:24 Jan 2013 08:12

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