satellite formation control, fuel optimization
This paper considers the problem of reorienting a constellation of spacecraft such that the fuel distributed across the constellation is both conserved and expended uniformly. Results are derived for constellations with an arbitrary number of spacecraft, assuming that the constellation is in free space, that the spacecraft mass is time invariant, and that the thrusters can produce thrust in any direction. An open-loop control algorithm is derived by minimizing a cost function that trades off total fuel minimization and fuel equalization. The associated optimization problem is shown to be amenable to standard algorithms. Simulation results using a four-spacecraft constellation are given.
Original Publication Citation
Beard, R., McLain, T., and Hadaegh, F. Fuel Optimization for Constrained Rotation of Satellite Formations, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, & Dynamics, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 339-346, March-April 2000.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
McLain, Timothy; Beard, Randal W.; and Hadaegh, Fred Y., "Fuel Optimization for Constrained Rotation of Satellite Formations" (2000). All Faculty Publications. 1909.
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology
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