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Guidance and navigation for electromagnetic formation flight orbit modification

Fabacher, Emilien and Lizy-Destrez, Stéphanie and Alazard, Daniel and Ankersen, Finn and Jourdas, Jean-François Guidance and navigation for electromagnetic formation flight orbit modification. (2015) In: EuroGNC 2015, 13 April 2015 - 15 April 2015 (Toulouse, France).

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Electromagnetic formation flight (EMFF) is a recent concept, aiming to control relative motions of formation flying satellites using magnetic interactions. Each satellite is equipped with a magnetic dipole. The formation degree of cooperation,depending on the ability of each spacecraft to control its dipole and its attitude, has a great impact on the methods used to perform the formation GNC. This paper describes results obtained in the case of semi-cooperative EMFF composed of a chaser and a target, in the field of navigation and guidance. Preliminary studies indicate that the target relative position and attitude can be determined while measuring the magnetic field at the chaser location, and the acceleration of this chaser. Focus is also made on the guidance for the whole formation orbit transfer, if only the chaser has thrust capacity: theory shows that geometrical configurations exist for which the formation is in an equilibrium state.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:e-book ISBN :978-3-319-17518-8
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:Other partners > Airbus (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Other partners > ESA - ESTEC (NETHERLANDS)
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Deposited On:02 Nov 2015 15:49

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