Development of a miniaturized real time attitude controller for micro and nanosatellites

In last years low cost space missions have become an instrument for many research institutes to test new technologies and perform low-orbit Earth science using commercial components. Cubesat represent the most popular standard for microsatellites, but due to low cost components and reduced size, there are no complete attitude controllers available for the smallest versions.

This talk will describe the development of a control system compatible with 1U Cubesats, with momentum wheels, magnetorquers, magnetometers and control electronic. The result is a 52mm cube where all electronics and actuators are included, capable to perform orbit stabilization and in-orbit maneuvers.

24/05/2012 - 14:00
Gian Paolo Candini