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Spacecraft Formation Flying by Louis Breger, Jonathan How, Pini Gurfil, Srinivas Rao Vadali, Kyle Alfriend

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Chapter 13

High-Fidelity Formation Flying Simulation

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This chapter performs a series of nonlinear simulations of portions of a formation flying reference mission using the FreeFlyerTM orbit simulator. The purpose of these simulations is to investigate the effects of perturbations and control techniques on a realistic satellite formation through all planned stages of operation. The commercial orbit propagator, FreeFlyerTM, is used in the studies to propagate the orbits in an absolute frame for both satellites. Propagation included the effects of many realistic perturbations, including drag, lift, solar radiation pressure, and J2. Multiple high-fidelity simulations of a reference formation flying mission are performed successfully. ...

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