International Journal of Aerospace Engineering

Formation Flight Control

Publishing date
01 Aug 2011
Submission deadline
01 Feb 2011

Lead Editor

1Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA

2The Mathworks, El Segundo, CA 90245, USA

3Department of Electrical Systems and Automation, University of Pisa, Italy

Formation Flight Control


The formation flight control problem has been extensively discussed in recent years with numerous applications on aircraft and spacecraft systems. For aerial vehicles, advantages of performing formation flight have been well documented, including but not limited to fuel saving, more efficient air traffic control, and cooperative task allocation. For space vehicles, the precision control of formation flight will enable future large aperture space telescopes, variable baseline space interferometers, autonomous rendezvous and docking, and robotic assembly of space structures in space.

The main focus of this special issue will be to discuss modeling, control, and experimental techniques that are related to formation flight. This special issue will become an international forum for researches to present the most recent developments and ideas in the field, with special emphasis on the theoretical and empirical results obtained within the last five years. The topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Various formation estimation and control topologies, methodologies, and strategies such as leader-follower, centralized/decentralized, and hybrid methods
  • Bioinspired formation control approaches
  • Onboard path/trajectory planning for formation flight
  • Empirical results of formation flight experiments
  • Survey of recent developments

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  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 798981
  • - Editorial

Formation Flight Control

Yu Gu | Giampiero Campa | Mario Innocenti
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 890502
  • - Research Article

Design of an Extended Interacting Multiple Models Adaptive Estimator for Attitude Determination of a Stereoimagery Satellite

Hossein Bolandi | Farhad Fani Saberi | Amir Mehrjardi Eslami
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 198308
  • - Research Article

Decentralized Model Predictive Control for Cooperative Multiple Vehicles Subject to Communication Loss

Hojjat A. Izadi | Brandon W. Gordon | Youmin Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 243268
  • - Review Article

Vision-Based Tracking of Uncooperative Targets

Suresh K. Kannan | Eric N. Johnson | ... | Ramachandra Sattigeri
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 151262
  • - Research Article

Cascade-Based Controlled Attitude Synchronization and Tracking of Spacecraft in Leader-Follower Formation

Rune Schlanbusch | Antonio Loría | Per Johan Nicklasson
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 308245
  • - Research Article

Guidance Navigation and Control for Autonomous Multiple Spacecraft Assembly: Analysis and Experimentation

Riccardo Bevilacqua | Marcello Romano | ... | Veronica Pellegrini
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