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Pattern transition in spacecraft formation flying via the artificial potential field method and bifurcation theory

Bennet, Derek J. and McInnes, C.R. (2008) Pattern transition in spacecraft formation flying via the artificial potential field method and bifurcation theory. In: 3rd International Symposium on Formation Flying, Missions and Technologies, 2008-04-23 - 2008-04-25, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

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    Abstract

    In recent years many new and exciting space concepts have developed around spacecraft formation flying. This form of distributed system has the advantages of being extremely flexible and robust. This paper considers the development of new control methodologies based on the artificial potential function method and extends previous research in this area by considering bifurcation theory as a means of controlling the transition between different formations. For real, safety critical applications it is important to prove the stability of the system. This paper therefore aims to replace algorithm validation with mathematical proof through dynamical systems theory. Finally we consider the transition of formations at the Sun-Earth L2 point.

    Item type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    ID code: 5671
    Keywords: formation-flying, non-linear control, potential fields, bifurcation, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Control and Systems Engineering
    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: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2008
    Last modified: 06 Sep 2014 23:42
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/5671

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