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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25566

Title: Communication Loss Management and Analysis for Multiple Spacecraft Formation Flying Missions
Authors: Elnabelsya, Mohamed
Advisor: Liu, Hugh H. T.
Department: Aerospace Science and Engineering
Keywords: Spacecraft Formation Flying
Synchronization Control
Robots in Formation
Communication Loss Management
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2010
Abstract: This thesis presents a method for managing periods of communication loss between multiple spacecraft in formation flying (MSFF), and analyzes the effects of this method on the stability of the formation keeping control algorithm. The controller of interest in this work in an adaptive nonlinear controller, where synchronization is also incorporated to force the position tracking errors to converge to zero at the same rate. The communication loss compensation technique proposed in this thesis is to use the previously communicated data in lieu of the lost data, which is an effective and computationally-efficient technique that is advantageous for small satellites. The performance parameter of interest in this research is the maximum rate of communication loss that an MSFF system can withstand before going unstable, and this is analyzed theoretically and through simulations. Finally, experiments involving multiple robots in formation with communication loss are conducted, and the results are presented.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25566
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