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Long-term attitude drift of spinning spacecraft under solar radiation torques

Van Der Ha, JC and Lappas, VJ (2006) Long-term attitude drift of spinning spacecraft under solar radiation torques Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, 123 II. pp. 1123-1142.

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Solar radiation pressure effects are exploited on-board satellites since about four decades. Control concepts have been developed using solar radiation forces with practical applications focusing on attitude control of communications satellites. The forces and torques induced by solar radiation pressure can substantially alter the orbital and attitude behavior of spacecraft especially in long duration missions. Furthermore, the effects are amplified for large structures such as solar sails. The present work analyzes the long term effect of the solar radiation torques on the evolution of the spin axis attitude pointing of any type of spacecraft (e.g., Earth-orbiting spacecraft, deep space probes, and solar sails). Analytic models are presented that can be applied to spacecraft of an arbitrary geometrical shape. Compact results are established that predict the annual drift of the spacecraft spin axis under solar radiation torques. The models presented will be useful for the design of spacecraft attitude control systems as well as for space mission planning.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Van Der Ha, JC
Date : 9 October 2006
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 11:25
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 20:48

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