Spacecraft relative dynamics under the influence of geomagnetic lorentz force

Hiroshi Yamakawa, Mai Bando, Katsuyuki Yano, Shu Tsujii

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The motion of a charged satellite subjected to the Earth's magnetic field is considered. Lorentz force, which acts on charged particle when it is moving through the magnetic field, provides a new concepts of propellant-less electromagnetic propulsion. We derive a dynamical model of a charged spacecraft including the effect of Lorentz force in the vicinity of circular and elliptic orbit and consider its application to formation flight. Based on Hill-Clohessy-Wiltshire equations and Tschauner-Hempel equations, analytical approximations for the relative motion in Earth orbit are obtained. The analysis based on linearized equations in the equatorial case show that the stability of the periodic solutions. Numerical simulations revealed that the periodic solutions which are useful for the formation are obtained for both circular and elliptic reference orbits.The control strategy for the propellantless rendezvous and reconfiguration are developed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
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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