Formation control using differential atmospheric drag considering attitude constraints

Takehiro Yasuda, Mai Bando, Shinji Hokamoto

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In formation flying control of spacecraft, orbital motion and attitude motion are often treated independently. On the other hand, it is necessary to realize the orbit control under the constraint of the attitude, when solar power satellite using the formation flying on the earth orbit is examined. Also, when perturbation forces such as atmospheric drag and solar radiation pressure are positively used for orbit control, the influence of attitude constraints is significant. In this paper, we describe the control method using atmospheric resistance with the earth orbit as a model, and consider the formation control under the constraint of attitude.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event71st International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Oct 12 2020Oct 14 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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