Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Design and Testing of a Nanosatellite Simulator Reaction Wheel Attitude Control System

Presenter Information

Fred LongFollow

Class

Article

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Faculty Mentor

Rees Fullmer

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Attitude control of a satellite is required for the pointing of communications antennas and other instruments. For this reason, a control algorithm capable of precision pointing is important. Because the process of sending a satellite into space is time consuming and costly, ground-based methods of testing are paramount. A simulator is a low-cost, groundbased system made to mimic the conditions of a weightless satellite in space. The simulator used in this project controls attitude through applying torque to reaction wheels. The objective of this project is to derive and test a control algorithm for the attitude control of a satellite simulator.

Start Date

4-9-2015 12:00 PM

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Apr 9th, 12:00 PM

Design and Testing of a Nanosatellite Simulator Reaction Wheel Attitude Control System

Attitude control of a satellite is required for the pointing of communications antennas and other instruments. For this reason, a control algorithm capable of precision pointing is important. Because the process of sending a satellite into space is time consuming and costly, ground-based methods of testing are paramount. A simulator is a low-cost, groundbased system made to mimic the conditions of a weightless satellite in space. The simulator used in this project controls attitude through applying torque to reaction wheels. The objective of this project is to derive and test a control algorithm for the attitude control of a satellite simulator.