Accession Number:

AD0263151

Title:

A RATE DAMPING SYSTEM FOR AUGMENTATION OF THE AERODYNAMIC STABILITY OF A SATELLITE

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

AVCO EVERETT RESEARCH LAB EVERETT MASS

Report Date:

1961-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

66.0

Abstract:

The design of a simple, three axis, on-off rate damping system for an aerodynamically stable satellite vehicle operating in the fringes of the earths atmosphere is discussed. The system provides damping capability to remove vehicle angular velocities after orbit injection and disturbances which perturb the satellite during the orbital phase. The vehicles natural aerodynamic stability provides the primary attitude control since aerodynamic moments will align the vehicle with the desired reference, the rotating velocity vector. The rate damping system utilizes rate gyros to measure vehicle angular rates and stored nitrogen gas to provide reaction thrust. Author

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Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE