Precision Control of Microsatellite Swarms using Plasmonic Force Propulsion
Scientific mission concepts using swarm formations require micronewton levels of thrust to enable precision formation flying and spacecraft pointing. Plasmonic force propulsion can provide these levels of thrust to the microsatellite platform to enable these advanced missions. Three case studies are used to evaluate the performance of a swarm composed of microsatellites, each equipped with plasmonic thrusters. Control techniques are evaluated and adapted to provide robust and precise control under system disturbances, model uncertainties, and noise. Results show that relative position and pointing can be achieved to meet scientific objectives for a range of swarm precision formation missions.
P. Galchenko and H. J. Pernicka, "Precision Control of Microsatellite Swarms using Plasmonic Force Propulsion," Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, vol. 167, pp. 935-954, Univelt Inc., Aug 2018.
AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2018 (2018: Aug. 19-23, Snowbird, UT)
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Astrophysics; Atomic absorption spectrometry; DNA sequences; Propulsion; Uncertainty analysis, Control techniques; Micro-satellite platforms; Model uncertainties; Precision control; Relative positions; Scientific mission; Scientific objectives; System disturbances, Plasmonics
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01 Aug 2018