FUNSAT, Controller, ACS, Nanosat
This document describes the design, analysis of Orbit Maneuvers and Attitude Control for NanoSat class satellites, which uses an electro-magnetic force controller which was proposed by the Florida Space Institute (FSI). Orbit Maneuvering and the Attitude Control System (ACS) play a very important role for the success of this mission, as that can allow making the satellite go to the desired orbit as well do the sun pointing of the solar arrays with suÂ¢ cient accuracy to achieve desired power levels. The primary mission would be to attain attitude stabilization using the torque from the coils. This is also used for pointing at the direction of the sun, for achieving desired power levels. The secondary mission would be to use the force of the magnetic field and utilize that for orbit maneuvering, and attain the desired trajectory. This thesis gives a presentation of this detailed analysis with a simulation using Matlab/Simulink. Mathematical model of the actuators and sensors used for this satellite are designed, so that the simulation gives us results very near to the actual ones.Health Monitoring is also one of the main issues addressed in this work. This simulation helps us in understanding the mission as well as the requirements very well, and helps us know all the shortcomings. The FUNSAT satellite is modeled as an example in Simulink together with a Kalman filter for attitude estimation based on all sensor measurements. The theory behind this, and extending the Kalman filter, is also presented.
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Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Ganesh, Karthik, "Controls Algorithm For A Satellite Using Earth's Magnetic Field: Orbit Maneuvers And Attitude Positioning" (2007). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3169.