ZHANG Zhi-guo, LI Jun-feng. Study on the Orbit and Attitude Control of Spacecraft Formation Flying[J]. Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, 2008, 29(1): 38-46.
Citation: ZHANG Zhi-guo, LI Jun-feng. Study on the Orbit and Attitude Control of Spacecraft Formation Flying[J]. Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, 2008, 29(1): 38-46.

Study on the Orbit and Attitude Control of Spacecraft Formation Flying

  • Received Date: 2007-01-17
  • Rev Recd Date: 2007-11-12
  • Publish Date: 2008-01-15
  • Formation flying is a novel concept of distributing the functionality of large spacecraft among several smaller, less expensive, cooperative satellites. Some applications require that a controllable satellite keep relative position and attitude to observe a specific surface of another satellite among the cluster. Specially, the target space vehicle is malfunctioning. The problem of how to control a chaser satellite to fly around an outofwork target satellite closely in earth orbit and to track a specific surface is focused on. Relative attitude and first approximate relative orbital dynamics equations are presented. Control strategy is derived based on feedback linearization and Lyapunov theory of stability. Further, the uncertainty of inertia being considered, an adaptive control method is developed to obtain the correct inertial ratio. The numerical simulation is given to verify the validity of proposed control scheme.
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