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This paper extends previous analysis on the impact of sensing noise upon the performance of model predictive control of formation flying spacecraft. We present a method of predicting the performance of the closed-loop system in the presence of sensing noise and demonstrate its effectiveness for the spacecraft relative motion problem. Its performance predictions are verified through simulation and used to analyze the effects of formation flying mission parameter trades without recourse to extensive numerical simulation. Ideal values for several model predictive control parameters are identified.
Date of Conference: 8-10 June 2005