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On the exploitation of differential aerodynamic lift and drag as a means to control satellite formation flight

Author
Traub, C.; Romano, F.; Binder , T.; Garcia-Almiñana, Daniel; Rodriguez-Donaire, S.; Sureda, M.
Type of activity
Journal article
Journal
CEAS Space Journal
Date of publication
2019-05-27
First page
1
Last page
18
DOI
10.1007/s12567-019-00254-y
Repository
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/133556 Open in new window
URL
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12567-019-00254-y Open in new window
Abstract
For a satellite formation to maintain its intended design despite present perturbations (formation keeping), to change the formation design (reconfiguration) or to perform a rendezvous maneuver, control forces need to be generated. To do so, chemical and/or electric thrusters are currently the methods of choice. However, their utilization has detrimental effects on small satellites’ limited mass, volume and power budgets. Since the mid-80s, the potential of using differential drag as a means o...
Citation
Traub, C. [et al.]. On the exploitation of differential aerodynamic lift and drag as a means to control satellite formation flight. "CEAS Space Journal", 27 Maig 2019, p. 1-18.
Keywords
Differential drag, Differential lift, Formation flight control, Propellant-less control, Satellite aerodynamics
Group of research
L'AIRE - Laboratory of Aeronautical and Industrial Research and Studies
TUAREG - Turbulence and Aerodynamics in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Research Group

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