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Onboard Trajectory Planning and Adaptive Synchronous Control of Multiple Nanosatellite Formation

Published: 25 December 2014

This research studies both theoretical aspects as well as technological implementations of multiple low Earth orbit nanosatellites autonomously flying in formation. The goal is to develop real-time trajectory planning algorithms and adaptive synchronous control strategies that can be executed onboard, using the current sensing, processing and communication technologies. It also aims at designing both coarse- and fine-mode relative state estimators that can be utilized for formation reconfiguration. The developed approaches are evaluated through hardware-in-the-loop simulations.