Magnetic Detumbling of Fast-tumbling Picosatellites

R. Fonod, Eberhard Gill

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The problem of pure magnetic detumbling of a fast-tumbling picosatellite is considered. A new weighted B-dot control algorithm is proposed. The algorithm enables power reduction while not sacrificing detumbling performance. Analytical expressions relating the maximal expected rotational rate to the minimum sampling time required are presented. Simulation results demonstrate the practical benefits of the proposed approach for picosatellites.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 69th International Astronautical Congress
Subtitle of host publicationBremen, Germany
Place of PublicationBremen, Germany
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event69th International Astronautical Congress - Bremen, Germany
Duration: 1 Oct 20185 Oct 2018
Conference number: 69


Conference69th International Astronautical Congress
Abbreviated titleIAC 2018
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  • Picosatellite
  • magnetic detumbling
  • B-dot
  • attitude control
  • stability


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