This tutorial paper discusses the rising need for safe and constrained spacecraft Rendezvous, Proximity Operations, and Docking (RPOD). This class of problems brings with it i) a unique set of equations of motion, ii) a variety of constraints and objectives that are specialized to RPOD, and iii) a number of traditional and current Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) considerations. There are strong connections between the work done in RPOD and a variety of other research domains that have synergistically aided in pushing forward the state-of-the-art. This tutorial paper discusses the above, provides an entry point into the field of spacecraft RPOD, and highlights a selection of open problems that still exist in the field.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||2023 American Control Conference, ACC 2023|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.|
|Number of pages||17|
|State||Published - 2023|
|Event||2023 American Control Conference, ACC 2023 - San Diego, United States|
Duration: May 31 2023 → Jun 2 2023
|Name||Proceedings of the American Control Conference|
|Conference||2023 American Control Conference, ACC 2023|
|Period||5/31/23 → 6/2/23|
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