Guidance and control for spacecraft autonomous rendezvous and proximity maneuvers using a geometric mechanics framework

Holguin Lee, Shashi Prabhakaran Viswanathan, Amit Sanyal

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5 Scopus citations

Abstract

Autonomous rendezvous and proximity operations between a chaser spacecraft and a target space object, consist of autonomous controlled approach and controlled docking with or controlled capture of the target by the chaser. Guidance, navigation and control problems during autonomous rendezvous and proximity maneuvers between spacecraft are challenging, particularly when the target spacecraft or space object is not cooperating with the chaser spacecraft. In this work, we present a guidance scheme and a control scheme for a chaser spacecraft that is tasked to synchronize its motion with a target space object during close proximity maneuvers. The guidance scheme generates a desired state trajectory based on remote measurements of the motion states of the target from the chaser and motion prediction of the target. The tracking control scheme for the chaser results in asymptotic tracking of the desired state trajectory with an almost global domain of convergence on the state space. These schemes are applied to the situation where the chaser spacecraft synchronizes its attitude motion with the target, while maintaining a constant relative position with respect to the target at the end of the maneuver. Numerical simulation results are presented to show the performance of these guidance and tracking control schemes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2012
StatePublished - 2012
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2012 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Aug 13 2012Aug 16 2012

Publication series

NameAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2012

Other

OtherAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2012
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period8/13/128/16/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Lee, H., Viswanathan, S. P., & Sanyal, A. (2012). Guidance and control for spacecraft autonomous rendezvous and proximity maneuvers using a geometric mechanics framework. In AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2012 (AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2012).