Control strategies of formation flying using solar sail propulsion in the vicinity of collinear points

Triwanto Simanjuntak, Mutsuko Y. Morimoto, Jun'Ichiro Kawaguchi

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Abstract

Realization of formation flying using solar sail propulsion will offer great benefits for future space exploration missions. The use of solar sail, which will significantly reduce the use of the chemical propulsions, allows missions to be more flexible in term of mass and life cycle of the missions. Missions which require long baselines, potentially is solved by flying spacecrafts in a formation. Collinear points of the Sun-Earth system, L 1 and L2 have lower pseudo gravity potential compared to other Lagrangian points hence these points are potentially exploited for space missions. A formation flying consists of two spacecrafts are introduced as Mirror Spacecraft (MSC) and Detector Spacecraft (DSC). The relative distance between the spacecraft are ought to be kept constant. A formation keeping strategy is adopted and the equations of relative motion are derived by linearization at the MSC position and consequently a linear-time varying system is obtained. The formation is controlled to a piece constant and the optimal feedback control for this system is achieved by using Linear Quadratic Regulator method (LQR).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Astronautical Federation - 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
Pages4972-4976
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
Event59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 2008 Sep 292008 Oct 3

Publication series

NameInternational Astronautical Federation - 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
Volume8

Other

Other59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period08/9/2908/10/3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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    Simanjuntak, T., Morimoto, M. Y., & Kawaguchi, JI. (2008). Control strategies of formation flying using solar sail propulsion in the vicinity of collinear points. In International Astronautical Federation - 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008 (pp. 4972-4976). (International Astronautical Federation - 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008; Vol. 8).