Detumbling and reorienting underactuated rigid spacecraft

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Abstract

Underactuated spacecraft can be detumbled using a variable structure controller. The algorithm converges to a sliding surface on which exponential decay of the angular velocities occurs. Lower maximum torque magnitudes results in slower convergence to the sliding surface. Once the spacecraft is at rest, a series of at most three rotations about the two active axes is used to reorient the spacecraft. Simple linear controllers can be used for the reorientation maneuvers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)708-710
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Angular velocity
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Exponential Decay
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Torque
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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Detumbling and reorienting underactuated rigid spacecraft. / Coverstone, Victoria.

In: Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 19, No. 3, 01.01.1996, p. 708-710.

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