Position and attitude control of a planar satellite by two constant force thrusters

Takashi Matsuno, Shinji Hokamoto

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This study deals with the in-plane motion of a free-floating planar satellite equipped with two thrusters having constant force magnitude and fixed direction with respect to the satellite. This paper discusses the motion of such a satellite, and proposes a simple trajectory design procedure for controlling both the satellite's position and attitude angle. First, this paper investigates the motion for constant force magnitude. A drift-less rotational maneuver forms an "invariant manifold", which can be used to design a trajectory for the target state. Then, the condition of the input profile for the drift-less motion is discussed. Furthermore, this paper explains an advantage of a rotational maneuver which intentionally generates drift velocity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2010 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: Aug 2 2010Aug 5 2010

Publication series

NameAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2010


OtherAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2010
CityToronto, ON

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Energy(all)


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