Thrust-vector control of a three-axis stabilized spacecraft with fuel slosh dynamics

Jaime Rubio Hervas, Mahmut Reyhanoglu, Hui Tang

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The thrust vector control problem is studied for an upper-stage rocket with fuel slosh dynamics. The sloshing propellant is modeled as a multi-mass-spring system. The coupled equations of motion of the spacecraft and the fuel are expressed in terms of the three dimensional spacecraft translational velocity vector, the attitude, the angular velocity, and the internal coordinates representing the slosh modes. A Lyapunov-based nonlinear feedback control law is proposed to control the translational velocity vector and the attitude of the spacecraft, while attenuating the sloshing modes. A simulation example is included to illustrate the effectiveness of the control law.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICCAS 2013 - 2013 13th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 13th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems, ICCAS 2013 - Gwangju, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 20 Oct 201323 Oct 2013


Conference2013 13th International Conference on Control, Automation and Systems, ICCAS 2013
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Lyapunov methods
  • Slosh dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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