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Navigation and Control of the PRISMA Formation: In-Orbit Experience

D'Amico, S. and Larsson, R. (2012) Navigation and Control of the PRISMA Formation: In-Orbit Experience. Journal of Mechanics Engineering and Automation, 2 (5), pp. 312-320.

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This paper presents flight results and lessons learned from the Spaceborne Autonomous Formation Flying Experiment (SAFE) conducted by the German Space Operations Center in the frame of the Swedish PRISMA technology demonstration mission. PRISMA involves two fully autonomous formation-flying spacecraft which have been launched in June 2010 in a dawn/dusk orbit at an altitude of 750 km. SAFE represents one of the first demonstrations in low Earth orbit of an advanced guidance, navigation and control system for dual-spacecraft formations. Innovative techniques based on carrier-phase differential GPS (Global Positioning System), relative eccentricity/inclination vectors and impulsive maneuvering are validated and tuned in orbit to achieve centimeter accurate real-time relative navigation, reliable formation keeping at the meter level and flexible formation reconfiguration capabilities. The technologies demonstrated within SAFE are considered as key precursors of future distributed satellite systems for unrivaled remote sensing and space exploration.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/80870/
Document Type:Article
Title:Navigation and Control of the PRISMA Formation: In-Orbit Experience
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
D'Amico, S.Simone.Damico (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Mechanics Engineering and Automation
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 312-320
Keywords:formation flying, PRISMA, flight results, navigation, control
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 > Space Flight Technology
Deposited By: D'Amico, Simone
Deposited On:24 Jan 2013 08:43
Last Modified:24 Jan 2013 08:43

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