TR2017-129

MPC for Coupled Station Keeping, Attitude Control, and Momentum Management of GEO Satellites using On-Off Electric Propulsion


    •  Zlotnik, D., Di Cairano, S., Weiss, A., "MPC for Coupled Station Keeping, Attitude Control, and Momentum Management of GEO Satellites using On-Off Electric Propulsion", IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications, DOI: 10.1109/CCTA.2017.8062723, August 2017.
      BibTeX TR2017-129 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Zlotnik2017aug,
      • author = {Zlotnik, David and Di Cairano, Stefano and Weiss, Avishai},
      • title = {MPC for Coupled Station Keeping, Attitude Control, and Momentum Management of GEO Satellites using On-Off Electric Propulsion},
      • booktitle = {IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications},
      • year = 2017,
      • month = aug,
      • doi = {10.1109/CCTA.2017.8062723},
      • url = {https://www.merl.com/publications/TR2017-129}
      • }
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This paper develops a model predictive control (MPC) policy for simultaneous station keeping, attitude control, and momentum management of a nadir-pointing geostationary satellite equipped with three reaction wheels and four on-off electric thrusters mounted on two boom assemblies attached to the anti-nadir face of the satellite. A closed-loop pulse-width modulation (PWM) scheme is implemented in conjunction with the MPC policy in order to generate on-off commands to the thrusters. The MPC policy is shown to satisfy all station keeping and attitude constraints while managing stored momentum, enforcing thruster constraints, and minimizing required delta-v.

 

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