Controllability analysis of propellant-free satellite formation flight

Mohamed Shouman, Mai Bando, Shinji Hokamoto

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This paper proposes the controllability analysis of relative motion using different configurations for hybrid control actions of space environmental forces. It tends to present a minimal configuration for the missions exploiting these forces. It illustrates the constraints in each space environmental force and analyzes the integration between these forces to achieve full controllability of the satellite formation flight for near-circular low earth orbits with different orbit configurations. The paper implements a Kalman decomposition approach to decompose the system into controllable and uncontrollable subspaces for linear time-invariant control actions. Numerical simulations are investigated to study the controllability analysis for nonlinear models and substantiate the success of the controllability study for all hybrid control actions with different orbit configurations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpaceflight Mechanics 2019
EditorsFrancesco Topputo, Andrew J. Sinclair, Matthew P. Wilkins, Renato Zanetti
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9780877036593
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event29th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2019 - Maui, United States
Duration: Jan 13 2019Jan 17 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


Conference29th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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