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Dynamics and control of a disordered system in space

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dc.contributor.author Quadrelli, Marco B.
dc.contributor.author Basinger, Scott
dc.contributor.author Swartzlander, Grover
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-05T00:24:32Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-05T00:24:32Z
dc.date.issued 2013-09-12
dc.identifier.citation AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference & Exposition, San Diego, California, September 10-12, 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno CL#13-3554
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/44394
dc.description.abstract In this paper, we present some ideas regarding the modeling, dynamics and control aspects of granular spacecraft. Granular spacecraft are complex multibody systems composed of a spatially disordered distribution of a large number of elements, for instance a cloud of grains in orbit. An example of application is a spaceborne observatory for exoplanet imaging, where the primary aperture is a cloud instead of a monolithic aperture. A model is proposed of the multi-scale dynamics of the grains and cloud in orbit, as well as a control approach for cloud shape maintenance and alignment, and preliminary simulation studies are carried out for the representative imaging system. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2013 en_US
dc.subject granular matter en_US
dc.subject 5th state of matter en_US
dc.subject granular spacecraft en_US
dc.title Dynamics and control of a disordered system in space en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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