Time-varying expression of the formation flying along circular trajectories

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Usually, the formation flying associated with circular orbits is discussed through the well-known Hill's or C-W equations of motion. This paper dares to present and discuss the coordinates that may contain time-varying coefficients. The discussion presents how the controller's performance is affected by the selection of coordinates, and also looks at the special coordinate suitable for designating a target bin to which each spacecraft in the formation has only to be guided. It is revealed that the latter strategy may incorporate the J2 disturbance automatically.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAstrodynamics 2007 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event2007 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference - Mackinac Island, MI, United States
Duration: 2007 Aug 192007 Aug 23

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume129 PART 1
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


Conference2007 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMackinac Island, MI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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