Accession Number:

ADA361635

Title:

SIMSAT: A Satellite System Simulator and Experimental Test Bed for Air Force Research

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH

Report Date:

1999-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

495.0

Abstract:

SIMSAT the SIMulation SATellite is an AFIT-sponsored program to develop a laboratory-based physical satellite simulator. SIMSAT supports experimentation in areas of attitude control, precision pointing, and vibration suppression. SIMSAT development began with the purchase of a three-axis gas bearing which simulates a torque-free space environment. SIMSAT subsystems provide power, attitude control, telemetry, and structural support to experimental payloads. Project challenges included integration of attitude control softwarehardware, high-output power storage devices, remote communications, high-frequency data collection, structural design, and computer display outputs.

Subject Categories:

  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE