Integrated Adaptive Control for Spacecraft Attitude and Orbit Tracking Using Disturbance Observer

Kewei Xia, Youngho Eun, Taeyang Lee, Sang Young Park

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This paper addresses the control issue of the integrated attitude and orbit tracking of spacecraft in the presence of inertia parameter uncertainty and spatial disturbance. By considering thruster as the control actuator, the 6-degree-of-freedom integrated model consisting of attitude and orbit dynamics is formulated. Based on the backstepping design, an adaptive control strategy is developed by exploiting a projected disturbance observer that compensates for the dynamics uncertainty and an adaptive algorithm that counteracts the observer error. Moreover, an optimal control allocation solution is employed to get the control command of each thruster. Stability analysis proves that the overall closed-loop system is ultimately bounded. To validate the proposed control, the hardware-in-the-loop experiment examples are conducted on the ground testbed facility. Simulation and experiment results show that the spacecraft/simulator can achieve the trajectory tracking and attitude synchronization simultaneously.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)936-947
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Aeronautical and Space Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Aug

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by KASI (Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute) and Yonsei research collaboration program for the frontiers of astronomy and space science, and in part by the Space Basic Technology Development Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT of Republic of Korea (2018MIA3A3A02065610).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, The Korean Society for Aeronautical & Space Sciences.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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