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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 579703, 7 pages
Research Article

Robust Control for Spacecraft Rendezvous with a Noncooperative Target

1State Key Laboratory of Structural Analysis for Industrial Equipment, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
2School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China

Received 29 April 2013; Accepted 20 July 2013

Academic Editors: P. Melin and C. Zhang

Copyright © 2013 Shu-Nan Wu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The robust control for spacecraft rendezvous with a noncooperative target is addressed in this paper. The relative motion of chaser and noncooperative target is firstly modeled as the uncertain system, which contains uncertain orbit parameter and mass. Then the performance and finite time performance are proposed, and a robust controller is developed to drive the chaser to rendezvous with the non-cooperative target in the presence of control input saturation, measurement error, and thrust error. The linear matrix inequality technology is used to derive the sufficient condition of the proposed controller. An illustrative example is finally provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the controller.