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System design issues of small formation-flying spacecraft

System design issues of small formation-flying spacecraft
System design issues of small formation-flying spacecraft
This paper deals with the analysis of the relative trajectory of small formation flying spacecraft and shows how the orbit control requirements of the formation impose particular constraints on the overall spacecraft design. The relative trajectory is simulated in the presence of perturbative forces like drag, solar radiation and J2. The fuel requirements for different formation flying patterns are studied and the feasibility of using either passive or active control methods is discussed. The effects of small differences in drag-area on cluster stability and spacecraft design are addressed. The assessment of the relative trajectory is imperative for selecting the actuators for station keeping, designing control laws and deciding the configuration of the spacecraft.
2587-2597
IEEE
Balaji, Shankar Kumar
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Tatnall, Adrian
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Balaji, Shankar Kumar
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Tatnall, Adrian
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Balaji, Shankar Kumar and Tatnall, Adrian (2003) System design issues of small formation-flying spacecraft. In Proceedings of IEEE Aerospace Conference 2003. IEEE. pp. 2587-2597 .

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Abstract

This paper deals with the analysis of the relative trajectory of small formation flying spacecraft and shows how the orbit control requirements of the formation impose particular constraints on the overall spacecraft design. The relative trajectory is simulated in the presence of perturbative forces like drag, solar radiation and J2. The fuel requirements for different formation flying patterns are studied and the feasibility of using either passive or active control methods is discussed. The effects of small differences in drag-area on cluster stability and spacecraft design are addressed. The assessment of the relative trajectory is imperative for selecting the actuators for station keeping, designing control laws and deciding the configuration of the spacecraft.

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Published date: 2003
Additional Information: ISSN: 1095-323X programme number 7.1502
Venue - Dates: Aerospace Conference, 2003, 2003-03-08 - 2003-03-15

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Local EPrints ID: 22319
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/22319
PURE UUID: bb5074b3-248d-48e2-b65c-b3287068fdac

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Date deposited: 05 Apr 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:22

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