Decentralized position and attitude control for electromagnetic formation flight

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Electromagnetic formation flight (EMFF) is an actuation approach that can be used to control the configuration of a group of satellites. Each satellite generates an electromagnetic field, which produces intersatellite forces and moments. Centralized control strategies are commonly used for EMFF because the formation dynamics are nonlinear and highly coupled. Frequency multiplexing is a decoupling strategy that uses multi-frequency sinusoidal control signals to allow the interaction between certain satellite pairs while limiting the interaction with others. In this paper, we present a decentralized control strategy that uses frequency multiplexing to control both relative position and orientation of a group of satellites. Numerical examples are used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the control strategy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2019 Forum
StatePublished - 2019
EventAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jan 7 2019Jan 11 2019

Publication series

NameAIAA Scitech 2019 Forum


ConferenceAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (80NSSC17M0040).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 by Xin Ning. Published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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