Analysis of spacecraft planar docking with rotating body in close proximity
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Spacecraft rendezvous and proximity missions have been addressed in several past publications, focusing on many different aspects of the problem. This paper inves- tigates a scenario where the target spacecraft is rotating on a plane, at a constant rate, and the chaser spacecraft is on the same plane within close proximity. The controllability characteristics of the problem are analyzed for both unbounded and bounded control inputs. The goal of this research is to identify a reachable set of initial conditions, from which the chaser can successfully dock with the target.
To be published in the proceedings of the 27th AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting, San Antonio, TX, Feb. 6-9, 2017
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