Optimal rotation sequences in presence of constraints on admissible rotation axes

Avanzini, G., Berardo, L., Giulietti, F. and Minisci, E. (2011) Optimal rotation sequences in presence of constraints on admissible rotation axes. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 34(2), pp. 554-563. (doi: 10.2514/1.49805)

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In underactuated conditions, satellite attitude actuators can deliver a control torque with two components only. The paper develops a general solution for the problem of attitude maneuver planning for underactuated spacecraft by means of a sequence of N admissible rotations, where a rotation is considered to be admissible if it takes place around an axis which lies on the plane where the actuator system can deliver a control torque. An exact solution for the sequence of two feasible rotations that provides a desired reorientation is derived, where the minimum angularpath sequence can also be identified analytically. The optimal sequence for a higher number of steps is obtained by means of a numerical optimization procedure. The features of the optimal sequences for increasing values of N are investigated in order to obtain a better understanding of their characteristics.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Minisci, Dr Edmondo
Authors: Avanzini, G., Berardo, L., Giulietti, F., and Minisci, E.
Subjects:T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
Journal Name:Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Publisher:American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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