Boundary points and arcs in constrained, time-optimal satellite reorientation maneuvers

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Previous work on time-optimal satellite slewing maneuvers, with one satellite axis (sensor axis) required to obey multiple path constraints (keep-out cones centered on high-intensity astronomical sources) revealed complex motions with no part of the solution touching the constraint boundaries (boundary points) or lying along a finite arc of the constraint boundary (boundary arcs). This paper examines four cases in which the sensor axis is either forced to follow a boundary arc, or has initial and final directions that lie on the constraint boundary. Numerical solutions, generated via a Legendre pseudospectral method, show that the forced boundary arcs are sub-optimal. Precession created by the control torques, moving the sensor axis away from the constraint boundary, results in faster slewing maneuvers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2010
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
EventAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2010 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: Aug 2 2010Aug 5 2010

Publication series

NameAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2010


OtherAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2010
CityToronto, ON

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Energy(all)


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