Decentralized guidance and control for spacecraft formation flying using virtual leader configuration

Daero Lee, Sasi Prabhakaran Viswanathan, Lee Holguin, Amit K. Sanyal, Eric A. Butcher

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This paper proposes a novel guidance and control scheme for decentralized spacecraft formation flying on SE(3) via virtual leader configuration. The configuration space for a spacecraft modeled as a rigid body is the Lie group SE(3), which is the set of positions and orientations of the spacecraft moving in three-dimensional Euclidean space. A combined guidance and feedback control law in continuous time for the full (translational and rotational) motion of a rigid body under the influence of external disturbance is designed. The guidance scheme aims to reach a final relative configuration according to the desired formation where the relative configuration is described in terms of the exponential coordinates on SE(3). The control law then obtains the desired trajectory leading to the desired formation. The stability of the feedback control system is analyzed. Numerical simulation results demonstrates that the control law can effectively perform a decentralized formation flying for a selected rigid spacecraft formation between three spacecraft.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 American Control Conference, ACC 2013
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781479901777
StatePublished - 2013
Event2013 1st American Control Conference, ACC 2013 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Jun 17 2013Jun 19 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2013 1st American Control Conference, ACC 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington, DC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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