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A Nonlinear Observer Design for a Rigid Body in the Proximity of a Spherical Asteroid

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Maziar Izadi, Jan Bohn, Daero Lee, Amit K. Sanyal, Eric Butcher

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

Daniel J. Scheeres

University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO

Paper No. DSCC2013-4085, pp. V001T02A005; 7 pages
  • ASME 2013 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 1: Aerial Vehicles; Aerospace Control; Alternative Energy; Automotive Control Systems; Battery Systems; Beams and Flexible Structures; Biologically-Inspired Control and its Applications; Bio-Medical and Bio-Mechanical Systems; Biomedical Robots and Rehab; Bipeds and Locomotion; Control Design Methods for Adv. Powertrain Systems and Components; Control of Adv. Combustion Engines, Building Energy Systems, Mechanical Systems; Control, Monitoring, and Energy Harvesting of Vibratory Systems
  • Palo Alto, California, USA, October 21–23, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5612-3
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


We consider an observer design for a spacecraft modeled as a rigid body in the proximity of an asteroid. The nonlinear observer is constructed on the nonlinear state space of motion of a rigid body, which is the tangent bundle of the Lie group of rigid body motions in three-dimensional Euclidean space. The framework of geometric mechanics is used for the observer design. States of motion of the spacecraft are estimated based on state measurements. In addition, the observer designed can also estimate the gravity parameter of the asteroid, assuming the asteroid to have a spherically symmetric mass distribution. Almost global convergence of state estimates and gravity parameter estimate to their corresponding true values is demonstrated analytically, and verified numerically.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Design



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