Writing with Sunlight: Cubesat formation control using aerodynamic forces

Danil Ivanov, Shamil Biktimirov, Kirill Chernov, Alexander Kharlan, Uliana Monakhova, Dmitry Pritykin

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    The paper is devoted to the study of decentralized control with the use of differential lift and drag for constructing satellite formation flying in the shape of a required configuration. Each satellite in the formation is equipped with a sunlight reflector. In the appropriate lighting conditions such formation can be visible from Earth and provide graphic images in the sky. The paper studies the possibility of achieving a defined image configuration of the formation by decentralized aerodynamic-based control implemented via the sunlight reflectors' attitude relative to upcoming airflow.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberIAC-19_B4_IP_21_x55077
    JournalProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    Event70th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2019 - Washington, United States
    Duration: 21 Oct 201925 Oct 2019


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