Autonomous trajectory control enhanced by orbit perturbations for nano and micro satellites missions

Politecnico di Milano - Dip. Scienze e Tecnologie Aerospaziali
September 07 2017
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Trajectory control and autonomy are fundamental requirements for the use of nano and micro satellites for planetary, lunar and interplanetary missions. This research is aimed at optimising space trajectories

under the effect of orbital perturbations with low propulsion or impulsive manoeuvres. The dynamics of orbital perturbations and low-thrust maneuvers will be studied with semi-analytical techniques and the theory of dynamic systems. We will develop a control algorithm and onboard software to explore the phase space and govern the effect of the perturbations to reach the desired orbit autonomously. This software will be applied to nano and micro satellite missions around Earth, planetary orbits, and interplanetary trips.

This job comes from a partnership with Science Magazine and Euraxess