Bio-inspired Position Control of Satellite Constellations

Michael Rubenstein, Zachary Manchester

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We present a biologically inspired controller for creating formations in satellite swarms. This controller can place satellites in formation where there is equal spacing between individuals, or place them all in the same location. The controller is fully decentralized without any human control. It only relies on simple satellite capabilities such as light sensing, neighbor communication, and attitude control, enabling it to run on the simplest of satellites. We present the controller and demonstrate its operation in a realistic simulation environment.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDistributed Autonomous Robotic Systems
Subtitle of host publicationPreoceedings of the 14th International Symposium
EditorsNikolaus Correll, Mac Schwager, Michael Otte
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-3030058159
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics

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