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Integrated power and attitude control with two flywheels

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5 Author(s)
Kenny, B.H. ; Electr. Syst. Dev. Branch, NASA Glenn Res. Center, Cleveland, OH, USA ; Jansen, R. ; Kascak, P. ; Dever, T.
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Energy storage and attitude control are two distinct subsystems of the typical satellite. Energy storage is provided using batteries and active attitude control is accomplished with control moment gyroscopes or reaction wheels. A system mass savings can be achieved if these two subsystems are combined using multiple flywheels for simultaneous kinetic energy storage and momentum transfer. This paper develops, simulates, and experimentally demonstrates the control algorithms to accomplish integrated power and single-axis attitude control using two flywheels.

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 4 )