Control Strategy for Long-Term Station-Keeping on Near-Rectilinear Halo Orbits

    •  Muralidharan, V., Weiss, A., Kalabic, U., "Control Strategy for Long-Term Station-Keeping on Near-Rectilinear Halo Orbits", AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, DOI: 10.2514/​6.2020-1459, January 2020.
      BibTeX TR2020-006 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Muralidharan2020jan,
      • author = {Muralidharan, Vivek and Weiss, Avishai and Kalabic, Uros},
      • title = {Control Strategy for Long-Term Station-Keeping on Near-Rectilinear Halo Orbits},
      • booktitle = {AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting},
      • year = 2020,
      • month = jan,
      • doi = {10.2514/6.2020-1459},
      • url = {}
      • }
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    Control, Dynamical Systems, Robotics


This work considers the control of a spacecraft in indefinite near-rectilinear halo orbit about the Earth-Moon L2. For indefinite station-keeping, it is important to minimize fuel consumption, while allowing for occasional transfer to a new orbit. The control scheme therefore consists of two components: the first component is the tracking of the nominal NRHO and the second component is an orbit correction maneuver between NRHO trajectories. The nominal NRHO is computed using a multiple-shooting technique that takes into account all forces on the spacecraft whose magnitude is larger than the dominant disturbance forces caused by navigational error. The tracking component is a linear-quadratic regulation scheme that rejects disturbances caused by orbit determination error, using a Lyapunov sublevel set that models the state covariance generated using sequential Kalman filter. The orbit correction maneuver is computed to minimize fuel costs.