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Attitude maneuver design for planar space solar power satellites

Marshall, Michael A. and Goel, Ashish and Pellegrino, Sergio (2019) Attitude maneuver design for planar space solar power satellites. In: Spaceflight Mechanics 2019. Advances in the Astronautical Sciences. No.168. American Astronautical Society , San Diego, CA, pp. 1451-1470. ISBN 9780877036593.

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This paper investigates the attitude dynamics of a planar space solar power satellite (SSPS) by formulating the power-optimal guidance problem as a nonlinear trajectory optimization problem. The power-optimal guidance problem determines the orientation of an SSPS throughout its orbit that maximizes the amount of power transmitted to Earth. This transmitted power is a function of the relative geometry between the SSPS, the Sun, and the receiving station. Hence, it is inherently coupled to the attitude of the SSPS, i.e., the orientation that maximizes power transmission changes as the relative geometry changes. We first approximate the discretized trajectory optimization problem as a quadratic program (QP). We then solve the QP to obtain attitude trajectory designs for various orbits. These solutions highlight how maximizing transmitted power typically requires large slew maneuvers. Ultimately, by quantifying control and propellant requirements for various orbits, we emphasize how maneuver dynamics play an important role in SSPS design.

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Additional Information:© 2019 Published for the American Astronautical Society by Univelt, Incorporated. AAS 19-287. We thank the Caltech Space Solar Power Project team, especially Dr. Dan Scharf (NASA-JPL), Dr. Richard Madonna (Caltech), and Dr. Terry Gdoutos (Caltech), for helpful comments and discussions. M.M. was supported by a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship. Financial support from the Space Solar Power Project at Caltech is also acknowledged.
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NASA Space Technology Research FellowshipUNSPECIFIED
Space Solar Power ProjectUNSPECIFIED
Series Name:Advances in the Astronautical Sciences
Issue or Number:168
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20191205-093402644
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:05 Dec 2019 18:36
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