Optimal attitude control of an accompanying satellite rotating around the space station

Trivailo, P, Wang, F and Zhang, H 2008, 'Optimal attitude control of an accompanying satellite rotating around the space station', Acta Astronautica, vol. 64, no. 23, pp. 89-94.


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Title Optimal attitude control of an accompanying satellite rotating around the space station
Author(s) Trivailo, P
Wang, F
Zhang, H
Year 2008
Journal name Acta Astronautica
Volume number 64
Issue number 23
Start page 89
End page 94
Total pages 6
Publisher Pergamon
Abstract This paper mainly deals with the optimal control of an accompanying satellite (AS) rotating around the space station (SS). The concept of AS around the SS is introduced. Both the AS and the SS are modeled as rigid bodies with the reference coordinate frames described for the AS pointing to the SS according to different missions. Then the paper designs an optimal control law with the full set of nonlinear equations of motion derived by using unit quaternion. These equations are solved numerically using direct transcription method to obtain optimal solution for the underactuated satellite. The analytical and simulation results show that the proposed control law is effective in the case of failed actuators.
Subject Flight Dynamics
Calculus of Variations, Systems Theory and Control Theory
Satellite, Space Vehicle and Missile Design and Testing
Keyword(s) attitude control
satellite
space station
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.actaastro.2008.05.018
Copyright notice © 2008
ISSN 0094-5765
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