Integrated attitude determination and control system via magnetic measurements and actuation

Mohammad Abdelrahman, Sang Young Park

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A nonlinear control scheme using a Modified State-Dependent Riccati Equation (MSDRE) is developed through a pseudo-linearization of spacecraft augmented nonlinear dynamics and kinematics. The full-state knowledge required for the control loop is provided through a generalized algorithm for spacecraft three-axis attitude and rate estimation based on the utilization of magnetometer measurements and their time derivatives, while the control torque is generated via magnetorquers. The stability of the controller is investigated through Lyapunov function analysis and the local observability of the estimator is verified. The resulted attitude determination and control system has shown the capability of estimating the attitude better than 5 deg and rate of order 0.03 deg/s in addition to maintain the pointing accuracy within 5 deg in each axis with pointing stability of less than 0.05 deg/s. Monte-Carlo simulations are used to demonstrate the global asymptotic stability of the controller and the estimator for various initial conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-185
Number of pages18
JournalActa Astronautica
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea through the National Research Laboratory Program funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology ( No.M10600000282-06J0000-28210 ).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering


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