Morse-lyapunov-based decentralized consensus control of rigid body spacecraft in orbital relative motion

Eric A. Butcher, Mohammad Maadani

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An algorithm is proposed for almost globally asymptotically stable consensus control of multi-agent rigid body spacecraft in orbital relative motion using Morse-Lyapunov analysis in the framework of SE(3). The control objective is to stabilize the relative pose configurations with velocity synchronization of the spacecraft which share their states according to a static communication topology in the presence of gravitational forces and torques. The feedback control design is conducted on the dynamic level where mass and inertia may be large and thus the strategy is applicable to quickly maneuvering and tumbling rigid spacecraft, and a potential-based collision avoidance scheme is also implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2019
EditorsKenneth R. Horneman, Christopher Scott, Brian W. Hansen, Islam I. Hussein
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9780877036654
StatePublished - 2020
EventAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2019 - Portland, United States
Duration: Aug 11 2019Aug 15 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


ConferenceAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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