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Impulsive Maneuvers for Formation Reconfiguration Using Relative Orbital Elements

Gaias, Gabriella and D'Amico, Simone (2015) Impulsive Maneuvers for Formation Reconfiguration Using Relative Orbital Elements. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 38 (6), pp. 1036-1049. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). DOI: 10.2514/1.G000189 ISSN 0731-5090

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Advanced multisatellite missions based on formation-flying and on-orbit servicing concepts require the capability to arbitrarily reconfigure the relative motion in an autonomous, fuel efficient, and flexible manner. Realistic flight scenarios impose maneuvering time constraints driven by the satellite bus, by the payload, or by collision avoidance needs. In addition, mission control center planning and operations tasks demand determinism and predictability of the propulsion system activities. Based on these considerations and on the experience gained from the most recent autonomous formation-flying demonstrations in near-circular orbit, this paper addresses and reviews multi-impulsive solution schemes for formation reconfiguration in the relative orbit elements space. In contrast to the available literature, which focuses on case-by-case or problem-specific solutions, this work seeks the systematic search and characterization of impulsive maneuvers of operational relevance. The inversion of the equations of relative motion parameterized using relative orbital elements enables the straightforward computation of analytical or numerical solutions and provides direct insight into the delta-v cost and the most convenient maneuver locations. The resulting general methodology is not only able to refind and requalify all particular solutions known in literature or flown in space, but enables the identification of novel fuel-efficient maneuvering schemes for future onboard implementation.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/96314/
Document Type:Article
Title:Impulsive Maneuvers for Formation Reconfiguration Using Relative Orbital Elements
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Gaias, Gabriellagabriella.gaias (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
D'Amico, Simonedamicos (at) stanford.eduUNSPECIFIED
Date:June 2015
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
DOI :10.2514/1.G000189
Page Range:pp. 1036-1049
Publisher:American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Keywords:formation flying, relative orbital elements, maneuvers
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: Gaias, Gabriella
Deposited On:18 May 2015 13:06
Last Modified:08 Mar 2018 18:44

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