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Precision Attitude Determination And Control System of CubeSats by On-Orbit Determination of the Dynamic Magnetic Moment

Lassakeur, Abdelmadjid and Underwood, Craig (2017) Precision Attitude Determination And Control System of CubeSats by On-Orbit Determination of the Dynamic Magnetic Moment In: 10th International ESA Conference on Guidance, Navigation & Control Systems, 29 May - 2 June 2017, Salzburg, Austria.

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Abstract

CubeSats are being increasingly specified for demanding Earth Observation and Astronomical applications where precise pointing, agility and stability are critical requirements. Such precision is difficult in the case of CubeSats as, firstly, their small moments of inertia mean that even small disturbance torques, such as those due to a residual magnetic moment, have a significant effect. Secondly, there are hardware limitations in terms of power, weight and size, which make the task more challenging. Recently, a research programme has been undertaken at Surrey Space Centre, to study the source of the residual magnetic moment in CubeSats, and to characterise the effect of the resulting disturbance on the attitude of the spacecraft. It has been found that, although the disturbances may be minimised by good engineering practice, in terms of minimising the use of permeable materials, and minimising current-loop areas, these disturbances can still be an issue when a high degree of stability is required. The dynamic nature of the disturbances requires an active mitigation strategy. We therefore propose a new technique using a network of magnetometers to dynamically characterize and then compensate the residual magnetic moment in real time. This paper reports on our findings to date.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Lassakeur, Abdelmadjida.lassakeur@surrey.ac.uk
Underwood, CraigC.Underwood@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 2017
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 26 Sep 2018 12:26
Last Modified : 16 Oct 2018 14:19
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/849448

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