spacecraft, fuel conservation, interferometry
Separated spacecraft interferometry missions will require that spacecraft move in a coordinated fashion to ensure minimal and balanced consumption of fuel. This paper develops strategies for determining interferometry mission plans that result in significant fuel savings over standard approaches. Simulation results demonstrate that valuable reductions in fuel consumption can be realized by combining the retargeting and imaging maneuvers required to image multiple stellar sources. Fuel-optimal imaging strategies have been developed for two-spacecraft interferometry missions similar to the proposed StarLight mission using chained local optimization methods. Based on these strategies, sampling-pattern guidelines for space-borne interferometry missions have been developed.
Original Publication Citation
Bailey, C., McLain, T., and Beard, R. Fuel-Saving Strategies for Dual Spacecraft Interferometry Missions, Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 469-488, July-September 2001.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Bailey, Christopher A.; McLain, Timothy W.; and Beard, Randal W., "Fuel-Saving Strategies for Dual Spacecraft Interferometry Missions" (2001). All Faculty Publications. 1539.
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology
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