Spacecraft swarm navigation and control using artificial potential field and sliding mode control

Saaj C. M. , Lappas V., Gazi V.

2006 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology, ICIT, Mumbai, India, 15 - 17 December 2006, pp.2646-2651 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/icit.2006.372712
  • City: Mumbai
  • Country: India
  • Page Numbers: pp.2646-2651


The artificial potential field (APF) method provides simple and effective path planners for practical terrestrial robotics control. Sliding mode control (SMC) strategy together with artificial potential field has been used for control of multiagent systems or swarms. The aim of this work is to examine for the first time the applicability of APF and SMC for spacecraft swarm navigation and control. This paper demonstrates that spacecraft formation flying can be successfully achieved using SMC for closed loop feedback and APF method for path planning.