Triangle Formation Design in Eccentric Orbits Using Pseudospectral Optimal Control
Ross, Michael I.
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In this paper, we further a general framework for the formation design of distributed space systems. Based on constrained nonlinear optimal control theory, the formation of multi-spacecraft is designed by Pseudospectral methods. The approach deals with the full nonlinear dynamics without using any linearization/approximation techniques; and is applicable to elliptical reference orbits. The method is tested on various formation problems including equilateral triangular formation over eccentric orbits. This framework provides a united and straightforward way to design large-scale formation for distributed space systems.
The article of record as published may be located at DOI: 10.2514/6.2008-7360AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit ; Paper no. AIAA-2008-7360, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2008
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