Constrained station relocation in geostationary equatorial orbit using a Legendre pseudospectral method

Seung Pil Kim, Robert G. Melton

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Abstract

An algorithm for numerical approximation is formulated using a Legendre pseudospectral method to solve the problem of constrained station relocation, changing current position to another longitude,in geostationaryequatorial orbit. The problem was stated as a Bolza formin optimal control theory to calculate the control. A collision avoidance term, which is included in the objective function as an integral form and serves as a soft constraint, is considered during transferby specifyingamaximumorminimum radius, depending onwhether the transferisinthe eastor west direction. Several east-and-west-direction station relocation maneuvers are simulated; the states and control behavior are obtained and all the variables are found to be within feasible ranges. This method would be possible to implement using very-low-thrust engines, in particular, by employing attitude control thrusters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)711-719
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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