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Spacecraft Formation Flying by Louis Breger, Jonathan How, Pini Gurfil, Srinivas Rao Vadali, Kyle Alfriend

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Chapter 14

Summary and Future Prospects

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This chapter presents future prospects in spacecraft formation flying. The leap in complexity and cost from controlling a single spacecraft to multiple spacecraft incurs a large quantity of risk. Verifying and validating the control system algorithms is expected to be a key barrier and cost driver in future spacecraft formation flying. Communications reliability also needs to be considered from both the perspective of the control system performance in off-nominal communication conditions and the feasibility of the control requirements on the communications system. The component spacecraft in a formation is also expected to require regular on-orbit corrections to prevent drift within the formation. ...

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