New State Transition Matrices for Relative Motion of Spacecraft Formations in Perturbed Orbits

@inproceedings{Koenig2016NewST,
  title={New State Transition Matrices for Relative Motion of Spacecraft Formations in Perturbed Orbits},
  author={Adam W. Koenig and Tommaso Guffanti and Simone D'Amico},
  year={2016}
}
This paper presents new state transition matrices that model the relative motion of two spacecraft in arbitrarily eccentric orbits perturbed by J2 and differential drag for three state definitions based on relative orbital elements. These matrices are derived by first performing a Taylor expansion on the equations of relative motion including all considered perturbations and subsequently computing an exact, closed-form solution of the resulting linear differential equations. Both density-model… CONTINUE READING

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