On the Coupling of Orbit and Attitude Determination of Satellite Formations from Atmospheric Drag: Observability and Estimation Performance

Adolfo Chaves Jimenez

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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Abstract

Spacecraft orbit and attitude dynamics have been classically seen as two separated
subjects, since the effect of attitude in orbit dynamics was deemed too small to be
considered, or simply, modeled as noise in the estimation process for most satellites.
In the eighties, a study by [1] showed that for a very large spacecraft, approximately
the size of the International Space Station, the effect of the attitude in the
orbit dynamics should be considered.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Gill, E.K.A., Supervisor
  • Guo, J., Advisor
Award date26 Jun 2020
Print ISBNs978-94-028-2095-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Orbit attitude coupling
  • estimation
  • spacecraft relative dynamics
  • Observability Gramian
  • Extended Kalman Filter

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