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Autonomous Formation Flight using Solar Radiation Pressure
Thoemel, Jan; van Dam, Tonie
2020In CEAS Space Journal
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Abstract :
[en] Autonomous formation flight enables new satellite missions for novel applications. The cost and limits of propulsion systems can be overcome if environmental resources are being benefitted of. Currently, atmospheric drag is used in low Earth orbit to this end. Solar radiation pressure, which is of similar order of magnitude as aerodynamic ram pressure, is, however, always neglected. We introduce this force and show that it can be exploited. We demonstrate through simulations that a formation geometry is established quicker if the solar radiation pressure is modeled.
Research center :
Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) > Applied Security and Information Assurance Group (APSIA)
Disciplines :
Aerospace & aeronautics engineering
Author, co-author :
Thoemel, Jan  ;  University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT) > Remote Sensing
van Dam, Tonie ;  University of Luxembourg > Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SNT) > Remote Sensing
External co-authors :
no
Language :
English
Title :
Autonomous Formation Flight using Solar Radiation Pressure
Publication date :
15 December 2020
Journal title :
CEAS Space Journal
ISSN :
1868-2502
eISSN :
1868-2510
Publisher :
Springer, Wien, Germany
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Funders :
University of Luxembourg - UL
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