Demetriou, Michael A.
This project continues the design and testing of the Attitude Determination and Control Subsystem (ADCS) for a nano-satellite. The primary mission objective is solar X-ray spectroscopy using the Sphinx-NG instrument, which requires that the CubeSat fly in a high-altitude, polar, sun- synchronous orbit pointing to the sun with 1-2 degrees of accuracy. The ADCS requires gyroscopes, sun sensors, and a magnetometer for attitude determination. Attitude control is executed using magnetorquers as actuators. This project focused on the analysis of attitude determination algorithms and control policies to select the most efficient and accurate methods. After method selection, simulations of the ADCS were conducted, and research was performed concerning hardware testing for the ADCS.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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