Bio-inspired Position Control of Satellite Constellations

Michael Rubenstein*, Zachary Manchester

*Corresponding author for this work

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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 publicationSpringer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Advanced Robotics
ISSN (Print)2511-1256
ISSN (Electronic)2511-1264

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics


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