Close Spacecraft Formation Keeping
The University of Missouri-Rolla recently initiated a project to design and build a pair of tethered satellites. This project is designated as the MR SAT Project (Missouri-Rolla Satellite), and is composed of two spacecraft linked to each other with a ten-meter long tether. The two main mission objectives are to experiment with the use of tethers to fly satellites in formation and to establish a wireless communication network between the two satellites based on low-cost technologies. The final phase of the mission will consist of releasing the tether and then attempting to maintain the ten-meter separation by using onboard propulsion systems. This paper describes a comparison of different possible designs of the active control system used to maintain the formation. Copyright © 2004 by the American Astronautical Society.
H. J. Pernicka and P. Vignal, "Close Spacecraft Formation Keeping," Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Univelt, Inc., Jan 2005.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Active Control System; Propulsion System; Satellites; Spacecraft
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