Optimal Autonomous Manoeuvre Planning for Spacecraft Formation Flying: Position Assignment

F Ankersen, Peter Roberts, R Burgon

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    Abstract

    Formation flying of spacecraft in orbit around the Earth and in deep space is becoming an enabling technology for a number of space mission concepts. One such concept is separated spacecraft interferometry a technique to be used by ESA's Darwin planet finding mission. In this paper a position assignment algorithm is introduced designed to find the post-manoeuvre spacecraft positions that satisfy interferometry science goals whilst optimising for fuel use or fuel balancing considerations. Gains of up to 23% less fuel for fuel minimising manoeuvres and a significant increase in fuel balancing for fuel balancing manoeuvres are observed using Darwin-like mission parameters
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
    PublisherAmerican Astronautical Society
    Volume130
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event18th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Galveston, Texas -
    Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …

    Conference

    Conference18th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Galveston, Texas
    Period1/01/08 → …

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