Attitude control algorithms in a swarm of cubesats: Kriging interpolation and coordinated data exchange

Anton Afanasev, Anton Ivanov, Ahmed Mahfouz, Dmitry Pritykin

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Abstract

This study is a part of the Skoltech University project to deploy a swarm of four identical 3U CubeSats in LEO. The CubeSats are to be equipped with gammaray sensors and their collective behavior will be exhibited in detecting gammaray bursts and coordinated attitude control. We consider a fully magnetic attitude control system, comprising a magnetometer as a part of attitude determination routine and three orthogonal magnetorquers as actuators. Having implemented and tested the conventional three-axis magnetic attitude determination and control algorithms, we proceed to study how the performance of such ADCS may be enhanced by using measurements and state vectors exchange. We interpolate the exchanged data, using the Kriging algorithm in conjunction with Extended Kalman filter and Lyapunov-based controller, since it provides the auto-correlation and variance information about the environment of the magnetic field, which is of utmost importance for heterogeneous and noisy fields. In our simulations we compare the performance of the controller for a single satellite to that of the satellite in the swarm of CubeSats, which maintains the form of a regular tetrahedron and carries out distributed measurements with interpolation. Improved attitude stabilization for the latter scenario is demonstrated by mean squared errors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th IAA Conference on UNIVERSITY SATELLITE MISSIONS AND CUBESAT WORKSHOP, 2020
EditorsFilippo Graziani
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Pages3-22
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9780877036715
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event5th IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions and Cubesat Workshop, 2020 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 28 Jan 202031 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume173
ISSN (Print)0065-3438

Conference

Conference5th IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions and Cubesat Workshop, 2020
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityRome
Period28/01/2031/01/20

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