The collision avoidance strategy for geostationary satellites considering orbit maintenance

Kota Sato, Yasuhiro Yoshimura, Toshiya Hanada, Taku Izumiyama, Ryu Shinohara

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)


This study aims to develop an effective strategy for geostationary satellites to avoid collisions with space debris satisfying various operational constraints. Recently, the number of space objects is continuously increasing to threaten operational satellites in the geostationary region. Studies on collision avoidance have been advanced for a long time, but not sufficiently considered orbit maintenance after maneuvering. Not to shorten satellite lifetime by collision avoidance, it is necessary to consider orbit maintenance after maneuvering. Besides, orbit maintenance regularly conducted differs between chemical thruster and electric thruster, so that two different avoidance strategies may be required. This study adopts a Multi-objective Genetic Algorithm to find out an optimal strategy for each thruster under various constraints on the operation. This paper also demonstrates that the optimal collision avoidance maneuvering can achieve both collision avoidance and orbit maintenance with less fuel than regular orbit control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-338
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Space Safety Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


Dive into the research topics of 'The collision avoidance strategy for geostationary satellites considering orbit maintenance'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this