Control laws for minimum orbital change-the satellite retrieval problem

T. Cichan, R. G. Melton, D. B. Spencer

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Satellite retrieval might require expending unused propellant for safety reasons prior to the retrieval. Blended extremal controls that minimize changes in semimajor axis, eccentricity, and inclination during a single, constant-thrust burn can result in modest requirements for thrust seeing. The method is shown to produce acceptable changes in these orbital elements. The optimization program finds solutions that include very little out-of-plane thrusting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1231-1233
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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