Small-satellite attitude consensus using limited-stroke oscillating-mass actuators with continuous sinusoidal controls

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Abstract

This paper addresses attitude consensus for a formation of small satellites where each satellite relies on internal oscillating-mass actuators. Unlike traditional flywheel systems, the actuators considered in this work cannot perform unrestricted rotations. The rotational stroke of each actuator on the ith satellite is limited to [−αii] rad, where αi>0. We develop and analyze two feedback control methods for attitude consensus using limited-stroke oscillating-mass actuators. The first algorithm achieves local attitude consensus for the case where each satellite uses relative-attitude feedback of its neighbor satellites. The second algorithm achieves almost global attitude consensus for the case where each satellite uses absolute-attitude feedback of its neighbor satellites. Both methods use control signals that are continuous and piecewise sinusoidal but whose derivatives can contain discontinuities. The main results show that each method achieves consensus and that the strict actuator stroke constraint is satisfied. Each method is demonstrated by a numerical simulation of a small-satellite formation in deep space.

Original languageEnglish
Article number108611
JournalAerospace Science and Technology
Volume142
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported in part by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( 80NSSC17M0040 ) and the National Science Foundation ( CMMI-1538782 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 Elsevier Masson SAS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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