Control laws for minimum orbital change-the satellite retrieval problem

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Abstract

Satellite retrieval might require expending unused propellant for safety reasons prior to the retrieval. Blended extremal controls that minimize changes in semimajor axis, eccentricity, and inclination during a single, constant-thrust burn can result in modest requirements for thrust seeing. The method is shown to produce acceptable changes in these orbital elements. The optimization program finds solutions that include very little out-of-plane thrusting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1231-1233
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

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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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