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Date of Award
Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science in Space Science
Dr. Mahmut Reyhanoglu
Dr. Bereket Berhane
Dr. Tony Hagar
The objective of this thesis is to analyze an effective control scheme for a formation of spacecraft, implement that control, and provide a 3-D simulation. The thesis first summarizes the progress made in formation flight control schemes and then provides a theoretical framework for the control system design. Using established control design techniques, feedback laws are constructed to control both rotational and translational motion of a group of spacecraft. Computer simulations are carried out using Matlab to generate the ephemeris and attitude data, which are exported to Satellite Tool Kit (STK) to create animations. The process by which Matlab is used to produce the data and how the data are used to produce a 3-D animation in STK is explained. Finally, various formation scenarios are modeled using this same process.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Dyer, Daniel, "Control System Design and Simulation of Spacecraft Formations" (2005). Theses - Daytona Beach. 50.