Rapid Path Planning for Zero-Propellant Maneuvers

S Zhang (National University of Defense Technology, China), MI Friswell (Swansea University), DJ Wagg (University of Bristol) & GJ Tang (National University of Defense Technology, China)

Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Vol. 29, No. 3, May 2016, paper 04015078

Abstract

The Zero Propellant Maneuver (ZPM) is an advanced space station large angle attitude maneuver technique using Control Momentum Gyroscopes (CMGs), and rapid path planning enhances its performance. This paper proposes a novel trajectory optimization method, a Rapid Path Planning (RPP) method, to generate the ZPM path. The core novelty of the RPP method is the reconstruction of a continuous-feasible solution to enable the rapid solution of the Nonlinear Programming (NLP) problem. The method maintains the sparsity of the NLP, and achieves the continuous-time feasibility of the solution with a small number of discretization points. Thus, a suboptimal solution may be achieved rapidly. The performance of the RPP method is demonstrated, by showing that continuous-time feasible ZPM paths with high performance may be obtained rapidly.

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Link to paper using doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)AS.1943-5525.0000542

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Erratum

An error in Eq. (12) was corrected in the erratum published in the Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Vol. 30, No. 5, September 2016.

Link to erratum using doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)AS.1943-5525.0000748