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DF Vectoring: Application to Stationary Synchronous Satellites

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1 Author(s)
Sparagna, Joseph J. ; Sylvania Electronic Systems, Western Operation, Mountain View, Calif. 94042

Several methods of using an earth-based radio reference signal to determine the three-axis attitude of a synchronous satellite, and two types of spacecraft electronic systems (amplitude measurement and phase measurement), which obtain attitude and pointing information from the radio reference signal for orientating the spacecraft and for directing large-aperture antennas aboard the spacecraft are described. The earth-based radio reference signal also enables the electronic systems to determine angles to other ground stations with respect to fixed (reference) stations on the earth. These attitude- and angle-determining techniques are applicable to communications satellites, navigational satellites, and intersatellite data relay systems.

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:AES-3 ,  Issue: 4 )