Low Earth orbit satellite constellation control using atmospheric drag

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dc.contributor.advisor Du Plessis, J. J. en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Du Toit, Daniel N.J. en_ZA
dc.contributor.other University of Stellenbosch. Faculty of Engineering. Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-01T08:14:59Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-01T08:14:59Z
dc.date.issued 1997-03 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/1204
dc.description Thesis (PhD (Electrical and Electronic Engineering))--University of Stellenbosch, 1997. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This dissertation considers the feasibility of using atmospheric drag to control constellations of micro-satellites in low Earth orbits. The constellation control requirements include an acquisition phase and a maintenance phase. Optimal strategies are designed to control the relative positions of the satellites during these two phases. It is shown that the feasibility and success of the strategies depend on many factors, including the satellite properties and orbital configuration. A nominal test constellation is presented and used as a generic example for the application of the control strategies. The dissertation also focuses on the accurate modelling and simulation of a typical low Earth orbit satellite, moving under the influence of a variety of significant orbit perturbation forces. The simulations form an integral part of the study and are used to verify the application of all the proposed control strategies. en_ZA
dc.publisher Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch en_ZA
dc.rights University of Stellenbosch en_ZA
dc.subject Atmospheric drag en_ZA
dc.subject Constellation control en_ZA
dc.subject Orbit propagation en_ZA
dc.subject Special perturbations en_ZA
dc.subject Theses -- Electrical engineering en_ZA
dc.subject Theses -- Electronic engineering en_ZA
dc.subject Dissertations -- Electrical engineering en_ZA
dc.subject Dissertations -- Electronic engineering en_ZA
dc.subject.lcsh Artificial satellites -- Orbits en_ZA
dc.title Low Earth orbit satellite constellation control using atmospheric drag en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA
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