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Orbit control of high area-to-mass ratio spacecraft using electrochromic coating

Lucking, Charlotte and Colombo, C. and McInnes, C.R. (2010) Orbit control of high area-to-mass ratio spacecraft using electrochromic coating. In: 61st International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2010, 2010-09-27 - 2010-10-01, Prague, Czech Republic.

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a novel method for the orbit control of high area-to-mass ratio spacecraft, such as spacecraft-on-a-chip, future „smart dust‟ devices and inflatable spacecraft. By changing the reflectivity coefficient of an electrochromic coating of the spacecraft, the perturbing effect of solar radiation pressure (SRP) is exploited to enable long-lived orbits and to control formations, without the need for propellant consumption or active pointing. The spacecraft is coated with a thin film of an electrochromic material that changes its reflectivity coefficient when a small current is applied. The change of reflectance alters the fraction of the radiation pressure force that is transmitted to the satellite, and hence has a direct effect on the spacecraft orbit evolution. The orbital element space is analysed to identify orbits which can be stabilised with electrochromic orbit control. A closed-loop feedback control method using an artificial potential field approach is introduced to stabilise these otherwise unsteady orbits. The stability of this solution is analysed and verified through numerical simulation. Finally, a test case is simulated in which the control method is used to perform orbital manoeuvres for a spacecraft formation.

    Item type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    ID code: 41238
    Keywords: electrochromic coating, smart dust, inflatable spacecraft, solar radiation pressure (SRP), numerical simulation, spacecraft formation, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Computational Mechanics, Control and Systems Engineering, Surfaces, Coatings and Films
    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: 26 Sep 2012 09:50
      Last modified: 07 Sep 2014 00:21
      URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/41238

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