Efficient control of formation flying spacecraft

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  • Michael Dellnitz
  • Oliver Junge
  • Arvind Krishnamurthy
  • Sina Ober-Bloebaum
  • Kathrin Padberg
  • Robert Preis
Several upcoming European and American space missions will be operated using a number of spacecraft flying in formation. The associated scientific challenges are demanding, both with respect to the construction of the spacecraft as well as to the mission design. For instance, energy efficient trajectories and corresponding control laws that enable precision formation flying over long periods of time have to be con- structed. The stabilization of the group on its nominal trajectory has to be made robust with respect to failures of individual spacecraft. Correspondingly, robust and efficient inter-spacecraft communication topologies have to be designed. Finally, in view of visionary missions with hundreds of participating micro- or nano-satellites, geometric configurations have to be found which enable these communication topologies and which scale well with an increasing number of spacecraft. In this contribution we report on our investigations concerning these questions, in particular with respect to the design of energy efficient trajectories and robust communication topologies
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Trends in Parallel & Distributed Computing : within the scope of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre 376 Massively Parallel Computing: Algorithms, Design Methods, Applications
EditorsFriedhelm Meyer auf der Heide, Burkhard Monien
Number of pages13
Place of PublicationPaderborn
PublisherHeinz Nixdorf Institut
Publication date01.01.2006
ISBN (Print)978-3-939350-00-2
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2006
Externally publishedYes
Event6. International Heinz Nixdorf Symposium - 2006: New Trends in Parallel & Distributed Computing - Paderborn, Germany
Duration: 17.01.200618.01.2006
Conference number: 6

Bibliographical note

6. International Heinz Nixdorf Symposium, Paderborn, 2006.01.17-18