Fuel efficient periodic gain control strategies for spacecraft relative motion in elliptic chief orbits

Morad Nazari, Eric Butcher

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Abstract

Periodic gain continuous control strategies are applied to the nonlinear time periodic equations of spacecraft relative motion when the chief orbit is elliptic. Specifically, control strategies based on time-varying linear quadratic regulator (LQR), Lyapunov–Floquet transformation (LFT) with time-invariant LQR, LFT with backstepping, and feedback linearization are implemented and shown to be much more fuel efficient than constant gain feedback control. Both natural and constrained leader-follower two-spacecraft formations are studied. Furthermore, a dead-band control is added for the constrained formation to reduce the amount of the fuel used. The closed-loop response and control effort required are investigated and compared for the same settling time envelopes for all control strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-122
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Dynamics and Control
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

Keywords

  • Backstepping method
  • Continuous control
  • Dead-band control
  • Formation flying
  • Lyapunov-Floquet transformation
  • Time-varying LQR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Optimization
  • Modeling and Simulation

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