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In-flight performance validation of the TanDEM-X autonomous formation flying system

Ardaens, Jean-Sébastien and Kahle, Ralph and Schulze, Daniel (2014) In-flight performance validation of the TanDEM-X autonomous formation flying system. International Journal of Space Science and Engineering, 2 (2), pp. 157-170. InderScience Publishers. DOI: 10.1504/IJSPACESE.2014.060596 ISSN 2048-8459

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The in-flight performance validation of the experimental autonomous formation keeping system embarked by the German TanDEM-X formation has been performed during a 12-day-long closed-loop campaign conducted in June 2012. Relative control performance better than 10 m was achieved, demonstrating that a significant gain of performance can be achieved when the control of the formation is done autonomously on-board instead of on-ground. Furthermore, the formation keeping system was shown to be operationally robust, easy to operate and fully predictable, i.e., fully suited for routine mission operations. This campaign concludes successfully a series of validation activities, opening new doors to future innovative scientific TanDEM-X experiments for which enhanced formation control is required.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/88887/
Document Type:Article
Title:In-flight performance validation of the TanDEM-X autonomous formation flying system
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Ardaens, Jean-Sébastienjean-sebastien.ardaens (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Kahle, Ralphralph.kahle (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schulze, Danield.schulze (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:International Journal of Space Science and Engineering
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.1504/IJSPACESE.2014.060596
Page Range:pp. 157-170
Publisher:InderScience Publishers
Keywords:TanDEM-X; TAFF; autonomy; formation keeping; along-track interferometry; in-flight performance validation; autonomous formation flying; satellites; spacecraft formation flying; formation control.
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Infrastruktur und Unterstützung für Raumflugbetrieb
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training
Deposited By: Ardaens, Jean-Sebastien
Deposited On:13 Feb 2015 09:35
Last Modified:30 May 2019 22:07

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