Application of the Nonlinear Tschauner-Hempel Equations to Satellite Relative Position Estimation and Control
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In this paper we develop the nonlinear motion equations in terms of the true anomaly varying Tschauner–Hempel equations relative to a notional orbiting particle, in a Keplerian orbit, relatively close to an orbiting primary satellite to estimate the position of a spacecraft. A second orbiting body in Earth orbit relatively close to the first is similarly modelled. The dynamic relative motion models of the satellite and the second orbiting body, both of which are modelled in terms of independent relative motion equations, include several perturbing effects, such as the asymmetry of the Earth gravitational field resulting in the Earth’s oblateness effect and the third body accelerations due to the Moon and the Sun. Linear control laws are synthesised for the primary satellite using the transition matrix so it can rendezvous with the second orbiting body. The control laws are then implemented using the state estimates obtained earlier to validate the feedback controller. Thus, we demonstrate the application of a Linear Quadratic Nonlinear Gaussian (LQNG) design methodology to the satellite rendezvous control design problem and validate it.
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