The decentralized consensus control of a formation of rigid-body spacecraft is studied in the framework of geometric mechanics while accounting for a constant communication time delay between spacecraft. The relative position and attitude (relative pose) are represented on the Lie group SE(3) and the communication topology is modeled as a digraph. The consensus problem is converted into a local stabilization problem of the error dynamics associated with the Lie algebra se3 in the form of linear time-invariant delay differential equations with a single discrete delay in the case of a circular orbit, whereas it is in the form of linear time-periodic delay differential equations in the case of an elliptic orbit, in which the stability may be assessed using infinite-dimensional Floquet theory. The proposed technique is applied to the consensus control of four spacecraft in the vicinity of a Molniya orbit.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Space and Planetary Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Applied Mathematics