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Microsatellite formation flying using pulsed plasma thruster and solar sailing at Earth Moon L4

Li, Junquan and Greenland, Steve and Clark, Craig and Post, Mark A. (2015) Microsatellite formation flying using pulsed plasma thruster and solar sailing at Earth Moon L4. In: 8th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying, 2015-06-08 - 2015-06-10. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper presents a deep space formation flying mission using microsatellites with pulsed plasma thrusters and solar sails as propulsion systems. The circular restricted three body problem with consideration of solar gravitation was used as the equation of motion. Formation flying near Earth Moon triangular libration points uses short period trajectories as relative references. Simulation results using a nonaffine control strategy are provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed propulsion systems for formation flying near triangular libration points.