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Master of Science (MS)
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
R. Rees Fullmer
Spin-stabilized spacecraft generally rely on sun and three-axis magnetic field sensor measurements for attitude determination. This study experimentally determines the total accuracy of attitude determination solutions using modest quality sensors. This was ac- complished by having a test spacecraft collect data during spinning motions. The data was then post-processed to find the attitude estimates, which were then compared to the exper- imentally measured attitude. This same approach will be used to test the accuracy of the attitude determination system of the DICE spacecraft to be built by SDL/USU.
Ryan, Keegan P., "Experimental Testing of the Accuracy of Attitude Determination Solutions for a Spin-Stabilized Spacecraft" (2011). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 1007.
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