Orbit constellation safety on the PRISMA in-orbit formation flying test bed

Robin Larsson, Joseph Mueller, Stephanie Thomas, Björn Jakobsson, Per Bodin

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Abstract

PRISMA will demonstrate Guidance, Navigation, and Control strategies for advanced autonomous formation flying. The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) is the prime contractor for the project which is funded by the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB). The mission consists of two spacecraft: MAIN and TARGET. The MAIN satellite has full orbit control capability while TARGET is attitude controlled only. PRISMA will perform a series of GNC related formation flying experiments. SSC is responsible for three main sets of experiments: Autonomous Formation Flying, Proximity Operations and Final Approach/Recede Manoeuvres, and Autonomous Rendezvous. Many formation flying scenarios, including experiments on PRISMA, require the use of orbits that are not naturally safe. This includes trajectories that, if nominal orbit control were lost, could result in collision or formation evaporation - secular drift that could eventually cause the loss of relative navigation. This paper will focus on the relative orbit safety concept within PRISMA, presenting the detection and recovery algorithms developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Formation Flying, Missions and Technologies, ESA-ESTEC
Edition654 SP
StatePublished - Nov 7 2008
Event3rd International Symposium on Formation Flying, Missions and Technologies, ESA-ESTEC - Noordwijk, Netherlands
Duration: Apr 23 2008Apr 24 2008

Publication series

NameEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Number654 SP
ISSN (Print)0379-6566

Other

Other3rd International Symposium on Formation Flying, Missions and Technologies, ESA-ESTEC
CountryNetherlands
CityNoordwijk
Period4/23/084/24/08

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