SINGLE-DEGREE-OF-FREEDOM EXPERIMENTS DEMONSTRATING ELECTROMAGNETIC FORMATION FLYING FOR SMALL SATELLITE SWARMS USING PIECEWISE-SINUSOIDAL CONTROLS

Ajin Sunny
This thesis presents a decentralized electromagnetic formation flying (EMFF) control method using frequency-multiplexed sinusoidal control signals. We demonstrate the EMFF control approach in open-loop and closed-loop control experiments using a single-degree-of-freedom testbed with an electromagnetic actuation system (EAS). The EAS sense the relative position and velocity between satellites and implement a frequency-multiplexed sinusoidal control signal. We use a laser-rangefinder device to capture the relative position and an ARM-based microcontroller to implement the closed-loop control algorithm....
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