Fixed-time Rendezvous Control of Spacecraft with a Tumbling Target under Loss of Actuator Effectiveness

B Jiang (Harbin Institute of Technology, China), QL Hu (Beihang University, China) & MI Friswell (Swansea University)

IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 52, No. 4, August 2016, pp. 1576-1586

Abstract

This paper investigates the fixed-time fault-tolerant control problem of spacecraft rendezvous and docking with a freely tumbling target in the presence of external disturbance and thruster faults. More specifically, based on the attitude of the target spacecraft, a line-of-sight coordinate frame is defined first, and the dynamical equations relative to the tumbling target are derived to describe the relative position (not six degrees of freedom). Then two fixed-time position controllers are proposed to guarantee that the closed-loop system is stable in finite time in the sense of a fixed-time concept, even in the presence of simultaneous external disturbance and thruster faults. Numerical simulations illustrate that the chaser spacecraft can successfully perform the rendezvous using the proposed controllers.

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Link to paper using doi: 10.1109/TAES.2016.140406

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