Output regulation control for satellite formation flying using differential drag

Mohamed Shouman, Mai Bando, Shinji Hokamoto

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This paper proposes a new hybrid control action of differentials aerodynamic drag and thrusters to control satellite formation flying in low Earth orbits. Parameterized output regulation algorithm for formation flying missions is developed based on the Schweighart-Sedwick relative dynamics equations. It is implemented to precisely track the different trajectories of reference relative motion and eliminates the effects of the J2 perturbations. Parametric Lyapunov algebraic equation is derived to ensure the stability of the linear relative model subject to saturated inputs. The main goal of this study is to approve the viability of using the differentials in aerodynamic drag to precisely control different formation flying missions. Numerical simulations using a high fidelity relative dynamics model are implemented to analyze the performance of the proposed control algorithm in comparison with the linear quadratic regulator algorithm for actual satellite parameters. The paper exploits a high-precision orbit propagator model to verify the robustness of the control algorithm.

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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