Bifilar Pendulum Technique for Determining Mass Properties of Discos Packages
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV LAUREL MD APPLIED PHYSICS LAB
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A bifilar pendulum was used to determine the mass properties of the Discos Disturbance compensation systems packages on the Triad satellite. The pendulum design was unique in that it allowed the package to be rotated into six different angular orientations. Each angular position was located with respect to the center of mass of the package. Analysis and results are given that show that the inertia matrix can be completed using the bifilar pendulum.
- Unmanned Spacecraft