Formation Control for a CubeSat Constellation

Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Paula Emilia Orrico
4. term, Control and Automation, Master (Master Programme)
This report introduces formation flying control strategies for CubeSat's Constellations in low Earth orbit.

The use of CubeSats for short missions has increased exponentially due to the versatility and relative low costs of these type of spacecrafts.

The main disadvantage of CubeSats is the reduced space to store equipment, thus some missions use from two to twenty four CubSats to achieve better results, this configurations are known as CubeSat's constellations.

Some common applications are the measurement of magnetic fields and inspection of larger spacecraft's surroundings for maintenance and repair purposes, therefore the problem statement can be set as follow:
"Design a distributed control strategy for a constellation of CubeSats, where the satellites fulfill separation and velocity constraints between them and a target."

This project will discuss the station keeping dynamics and control of CubSats as well as control techniques for formation flying of Cubesat's constellations orbiting Earth.
Publication date6 Jun 2019
Number of pages90
ID: 305189064