USE OF SINGLE-AXI' ORIENTATION FOR ARTIFICIAL EARTH SATELLITES,
FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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It is assumed that the axis coincides with the direction of jet thrust of the engine, intended for transition to the descent orbit. The system consists of a photo-electric sensor, three two-degree-of-freedom gyroscopes, reacting to the corresponding projections of angular velocity the vehicle and a logic unit, and actuators small jet engines. The photo-electric pickoff solar sensor reacts only to turns of the ship with respect to the direction to the Sun.