Integrated guidance and attitude control for asteroid proximity operations using higher order sliding modes

Daniel R. Wibben, Roberto Furfaro

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

5 Scopus citations


An integrated guidance and attitude control scheme for asteroid proximity operations is presented. The development of this algorithm is motivated by the desire to implement robust and integrated spacecraft GNC schemes for asteroid close proximity operations. Autonomous maneuvering about small bodies is particularly challenging because of the uncertain, low-gravity environment. Based on Higher Order Sliding Mode (HOSM) control theory, the integrated Multiple Sliding Surface Guidance and Control (MSSGC) law has been designed to drive the system to the selected sliding surface in a finite time. The MSSGC scheme integrates the spacecraft's guidance and attitude control into a common framework that guides the 6-DOF spacecraft to a desired position about the asteroid with the desired orientation, all without the need for a pre-computed reference trajectory. A Lyapunov-based stability analysis shows that the system is globally stable against unmodeled dynamics and perturbations typically expected in small body environments. Results demonstrate that the algorithm is successful in driving the system to the desired target point (either landing on the surface or hovering above a desired location) with zero velocity and with the desired attitude and zero rotational rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012
StatePublished - 2012
EventAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Aug 13 2012Aug 16 2012

Publication series

NameAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012


OtherAIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics


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