Cluster flight algorithms for distributed satellite based on cyclic pursuit

Bo Zhang, Yanhui Yun, Jianjun Luo, Chow Norbert Cheung, J. F. Pan

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This paper investigates the cluster flight algorithm via the cyclic pursuit strategy in order to execute the coordination periodic motion of the distributed satellites. The proposed coordinated control law combining the cyclic pursuit strategy and diffeomorphism mapping is applied to match the trajectory of the cyclic pursuit and the natural periodic relative motion at low earth orbit environment considering the earth oblateness perturbation. The ultimate goal of the proposed method is to implement a cluster flight of multiple modules in the distributed satellite. Finally, a simulation example is presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed cluster flight algorithms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 6th International Conference on Power Electronics Systems and Applications
Subtitle of host publicationElectric Transportation - Automotive, Vessel and Aircraft, PESA 2015
ISBN (Electronic)9781509000623
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2016
Event6th International Conference on Power Electronics Systems and Applications, PESA 2015 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 15 Dec 201517 Dec 2015


Conference6th International Conference on Power Electronics Systems and Applications, PESA 2015
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong


  • cluster flight
  • cyclic pursuit
  • distributed satellite
  • relative motion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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