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Electromagnetic Formation Flight NRO-000-02-C0387-CLIN0001 Electromagnetic Formation Flight Progress Report Submitted to: Lt. Col. John Comtois Technical Scientific Officer National Reconnaissance Office Contract Number: NRO-000-02-C0387-CLIN0001 MIT WBS Element: 6893087 Submitted by: Prof. David W. Miller Space Systems Laboratory Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT Space Systems Laboratory 1
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Electromagnetic Formation Flight NRO-000-02-C0387-CLIN0001 D ESCRIPTION OF THE E FFORT The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Space Systems Lab (SSL) and the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center (ATC) are collaborating to explore the potential for a Electro-Magnetic Formation Flight (EMFF) system applicable to Earth-orbiting satellites flying in close formation. P ROGRESS O VERVIEW At MIT, work on electro-magnetic formation flight (EMFF) has been pursued on two fronts: the MIT conceive, design, implement and operate (CDIO) class, and the MIT Space Systems Lab research group. The CDIO class, a three semester undergraduate course where students will design, build, test and operate an electro-magnetic testbed for formation flight, is currently in its first semester. The testbed that the class is designing will allow for six degree of freedom testing of EMFF systems and give students the chance to see the life cycle of a real aerospace system. The MIT Space Systems Lab research staff has been working on optimal systems design of spacecraft formations that will utilize electromagnets to control formation size and attitude. The details of the work accomplished by both the class and the lab are described in more detail below. CDIO
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course AERO 16.810 taught by Professor Olivierdeweck during the Winter '07 term at MIT.

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