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Entry vehicle control system design for the Tianwen-1 mission

Entry vehicle control system design for the Tianwen-1 mission The entry vehicle for the Tianwen-1 mission successfully landed on the surface of Mars at 7:18 AM BJT on May 15, 2021. This successful landing made China the first country to orbit, land, and release a rover in their first attempt at the Mars exploration. The guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) system plays a crucial role in the entry, descent, and landing (EDL) phases. This study focused on the attitude control component of the GNC system design. The EDL phase can be divided into several sub-phases, namely the angle of attack control phase, lift control phase, parachute descent phase, and powered descent phase. Each sub-phase has unique attitude control requirements and challenges. This paper introduces the key aspects of designing attitude controllers for each phase. Furthermore, flight results are presented and analyzed.[graphic not available: see fulltext] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Astrodynamics Springer Journals

Entry vehicle control system design for the Tianwen-1 mission

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © The Author(s) 2022
ISSN
2522-008X
eISSN
2522-0098
DOI
10.1007/s42064-021-0124-y
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Abstract

The entry vehicle for the Tianwen-1 mission successfully landed on the surface of Mars at 7:18 AM BJT on May 15, 2021. This successful landing made China the first country to orbit, land, and release a rover in their first attempt at the Mars exploration. The guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) system plays a crucial role in the entry, descent, and landing (EDL) phases. This study focused on the attitude control component of the GNC system design. The EDL phase can be divided into several sub-phases, namely the angle of attack control phase, lift control phase, parachute descent phase, and powered descent phase. Each sub-phase has unique attitude control requirements and challenges. This paper introduces the key aspects of designing attitude controllers for each phase. Furthermore, flight results are presented and analyzed.[graphic not available: see fulltext]

Journal

AstrodynamicsSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 1, 2022

Keywords: Tianwen-1; Mars landing; attitude control; robust control; fault diagnosis

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