Near-optimal feedback guidance for low-thrust earth orbit transfers

Near-optimal feedback guidance for low-thrust earth orbit transfers

D. Atmaca, M. Pontani

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Abstract. This research proposes a near-optimal feedback guidance based on nonlinear control for low-thrust Earth orbit transfers. For the numerical simulations, two flight conditions are defined: (i) nominal conditions and (ii) nonnominal conditions that account for the orbit injection errors and the stochastic failures of the propulsion system. Condition (ii) is studied through an extensive Monte Carlo Analysis, to demonstrate the nonlinear feedback guidance’s numerical stability and convergence properties. To illustrate the performance under both conditions, an orbit transfer from low Earth orbit to geostationary orbit is considered. Near-optimality of the feedback guidance comes from carefully selecting the nonlinear control gains. Comparison of the transfer with an existing study that uses optimal control reveals that orbit transfers based on feedback orbit control are very close to the optimal solution.

Earth Orbit Transfers, Low-Thrust Spacecraft, Feedback Guidance and Control

Published online 11/1/2023, 5 pages
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Published under license by Materials Research Forum LLC., Millersville PA, USA

Citation: D. Atmaca, M. Pontani, Near-optimal feedback guidance for low-thrust earth orbit transfers, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 37, pp 606-610, 2023


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