Spacecraft formation flying using Lorentz forces

Peck, M.A., Streetman, B., Saaj, C. and Lappas, V. (2007) Spacecraft formation flying using Lorentz forces. JBIS - Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 60 (7). pp. 263-267. ISSN .

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The Lorentz Augmented Orbit (LAO) concept is an electromagnetic propulsion system without a tether that uses the interaction between an electrostatically charged spacecraft and the Earth's magnetic field to provide a useful thrust. In Low Earth Orbit (LEO), the Lorentz force acting on a charged spacecraft flying relative to Earth's magnetic field causes acceleration in a direction perpendicular to both its velocity and the magnetic field. In this paper, the concept of spacecraft propulsion using Lorentz force is investigated for LEO formation flying. A triangular spacecraft formation configuration is used to simulate and validate the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed concept. It is illustrated that simple formation manoeuvres can be performed solely using the Lorentz force.

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Keywords:The Lorentz Augmented Orbit, electromagnetic propulsion system
Divisions:College of Science > School of Engineering
ID Code:37434
Deposited On:07 Oct 2019 11:51

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