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Distributed Adaptive Attitude Synchronization of Multiple Spacecraft

By Zhongkui Li and Zhisheng Duan


This paper addresses the distributed attitude synchronization problem of multiple spacecraft with unknown inertia matrices. Two distributed adaptive controllers are proposed for the cases with and without a virtual leader to which a time-varying reference attitude is assigned. The first controller achieves attitude synchronization for a group of spacecraft with a leaderless communication topology having a directed spanning tree. The second controller guarantees that all spacecraft track the reference attitude if the virtual leader has a directed path to all other spacecraft. Simulation examples are presented to illustrate the effectiveness of the results.Comment: 13 pages, 11 figures. To appear in SCIENCE CHINA Technological Science

Topics: Computer Science - Systems and Control, Mathematics - Optimization and Control
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s11431-011-4475-0
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