Lattice Formation in Space for a Swarm of Pico Satellites

Carlo Pinciroli, Mauro Birattari, Elio Tuci, Marco Dorigo, Marco Del Rey Zapatero, Thamas Vinko, Dario Izzo

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We present a distributed control strategy that lets a swarm of satellites autonomously form a lattice in orbit around a planet. The system, based on the artificial potential field approach, proposes a novel way to split the artificial field in two main terms: a global artificial field that gathers the satellites around a predefined meeting point, and a local term that allows a satellite to place itself in the correct position relative to its closest neighbors. We apply the method to the problem of forming a two dimensional hexagonal lattice, using the well-known Lennard-Jones potential as local artificial field. The control parameters have been obtained with a genetic algorithm to maximize the precision of the formed lattice. The precision does not depend on the number of satellites and convergence is achieved from all initial distributions of the satellites.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnt Colony Optimization and Swarm Intelligence
Subtitle of host publication6th International Conference, ANTS 2008, Brussels, Belgium, September 22-24, 2008. Proceedings
EditorsMarco Dorigo, Mauro Birattari, Christian Blum, Maurice Clerc, Thomas Stützle, Alan F. T. Winfield
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-87527-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-87526-0
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sept 2008
Event6th International Conference, ANTS 2008 - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 22 Sept 200824 Sept 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Conference6th International Conference, ANTS 2008
Period22 Sept 200824 Sept 2008


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