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Mirror formation control in the vicinity of an asteroid

Vasile, Massimiliano and Maddock, Christie and Radice, Gianmarco (2008) Mirror formation control in the vicinity of an asteroid. In: AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2008, 2008-08-18 - 2008-08-21, Hawaii.

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    Abstract

    Two strategies are presented for the positioning and control of a spacecraft formation designed to focus sunlight onto a point on the surface of asteroid, thereby sublimating the material and ejecting debris creating thrust. In the first approach, the formation is located at artficial equilibrium points around the asteroid and controlled using the force from the solar radiation pressure. The second approach determines the optimal periodic formation orbits, subject to the gravitational perturbations from the asteroid, the solar radiation pressure and the control acceleration derived from a control law.

    Item type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    ID code: 39452
    Keywords: formation flying, control design, asteroid deflection, solar radiation, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Control and Systems Engineering, Computational Mechanics
    Subjects: Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery
    Technology > Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
    Department: Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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      Depositing user: Pure Administrator
      Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2012 14:29
      Last modified: 05 Jun 2014 19:58
      URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/39452

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