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Dynamics of Earth orbiting formations

Show simple item record Ploen, Scott R. Scharf, Daniel P. Hadaegh, Fred Y. Acikmese, Ahmed B. 2006-03-30T17:15:09Z 2006-03-30T17:15:09Z 2004-08-16
dc.identifier.citation AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, Providence, Rhode Island, August 16, 2004. en
dc.identifier.clearanceno 04-1594
dc.description.abstract In this paper the equations of motion of a formation consisting of n spacecraft in Earth orbit are derived via Lagrange’s equations. The equations of motion of the formation are developed with respect to both (1) a bound Keplerian reference orbit, and (2) a specific spacecraft in the formation. The major orbital perturbations acting on a formation in low Earth orbit are also included in the analysis. In contrast to the traditional approach based on the balance of linear momentum, the use of Lagrange’s equations leads to a high-level matrix derivation of the formation equations of motion. The matrix form of the nonlinear motion equations is then linearized about a bound Keplerian reference orbit. Next, it is demonstrated that under the assumption of a circular reference orbit, the linearized equations of motion reduce to the well-known Hill-Clohessy-Wiltshire equations. The resulting linear and nonlinear dynamic equations lead to maximal physical insight into the structure of formation dynamics, and are ideally suited for use in the design and validation of formation guidance and control laws en
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en
dc.format.extent 978262 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2004 en
dc.subject formation flying en
dc.title Dynamics of Earth orbiting formations en
dc.type Preprint en

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