Fuel Optimal Initialization of A Spacecraft Formation

Guang Yang, Vikram Kapila, Hong Wong

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Abstract

In this paper, we treat a formation initialization problem for a multiple spacecraft formation wherein a collective of spacecraft, initially located on a payload delivery vehicle, are required to maneuver and acquire a specified formation pattern. We focus on the modeling and analysis of fuel optimal formation initialization by exploiting a multi-agent, fuel optimal, spacecraft formation reconfiguration methodology. Specifically, we address the formation initialization problem using a hybrid multi-agent optimization architecture, which decomposes the multi-agent optimal control problem as maneuver optimization, task assignment, and parameter optimization problems. In this paper, maneuver optimization, task assignment, and parameter optimization are performed using calculus of variation, dynamic-programming, and genetic algorithm, respectively. Finally, we provide illustrative simulations to show the efficacy of our proposed fuel-optimal formation initialization control architecture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3591-3596
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
Volume4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
Event42nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control - Maui, HI, United States
Duration: Dec 9 2003Dec 12 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Control and Optimization

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