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Micro CMGs for agile small satellites: Design and in-orbit tests

Lappas, V, Oosthuizen, P, Madle, P, Cowie, L, Yuksel, G and Fertin, D (2006) Micro CMGs for agile small satellites: Design and in-orbit tests

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Small Satellites have become useful and intelligent spacecraft with sophisticated attitude control and determination systems. However, near future missions will require from these platforms a higher degree of agility with a simultaneous need for better efficiency. Control Moment Gyros are an ideal candidate technology with a unique capability to efficiently produce large torques and angular momentum with a small power consumption and savings in mass. The paper describes the design and in-orbit testing of an experimental payload of a two CMG cluster for an earth observation microsatellite, BILSAT-1. The two CMG cluster is analysed and simulations detail the performance features of the CMGs. Initial in-orbit results on the CMGs and the BILSAT-1 microsatellite are presented along with a plan on future manoeuvres/experiments and new CMG developments for small satellites.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Oosthuizen, P
Madle, P
Cowie, L
Yuksel, G
Fertin, D
Date : 1 January 2006
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 11:25
Last Modified : 23 Jan 2020 16:50

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