Active formation along an eccentric orbit

Mai Bando, Akira Ichikawa

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In this paper, a formation problem of a spacecraft with a leader in an elliptic orbit is considered, where the follower is required to track asymptotically a given periodic relative orbit. The linearized equations of relative motion along an eccentric orbit are known as Tschauner-Hempel equations. The Tschauner-Hempel equations are transformed into simpler ones by the change of variables. For the transformed system, the active formation problem is formulated, and feedback controllers are designed by the regulator equations associated with the Hill-Clohessy-Wiltshire equations. Feedback controllers are also designed using a DRE associated with the TH equations, and the Li-norms of designed controllers are compared.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication18th IFAC Symposium on Automatic Control in Aerospace, ACA 2010 - Proceedings
PublisherIFAC Secretariat
Number of pages6
EditionPART 1
ISBN (Print)9783902661968
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event18th IFAC Symposium on Automatic Control in Aerospace, ACA 2010 - Nara, Japan
Duration: Sept 6 2010Sept 10 2010

Publication series

NameIFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline)
NumberPART 1
ISSN (Print)1474-6670


Other18th IFAC Symposium on Automatic Control in Aerospace, ACA 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering


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