Accession Number:

ADA514339

Title:

Design and Simulation of a Nano-Satellite Attitude Determination System

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF MECHANICAL AND ASTRONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

148.0

Abstract:

Earth imaging satellites have typically been large systems with highly accurate and expensive sensors. With the recent push for Operationally Responsive Space, Earth imagining has become potentially achievable with small and relatively inexpensive satellites. This has led to the research currently underway to develop very small, low-cost imaging satellites that can produce useful Operational-level and Tactical-level imagery products. This thesis contributes to that effort by developing a detailed design for the attitude determination system for a tactically useful earth-imaging nano-satellite. Tactical Imaging Nano-sat Yielding Small-Cost Operations and Persistent Earth coverage TINYSCOPE is an ongoing investigation at NPS, concerning using a nano-satellite, based on the CubeSat standard, to achieve Earth imaging from LEO orbit. A detailed design of the attitude determination system includes sensor selection and characterization, as well as high fidelity simulation via MATLABSimulink. The attitude determination system is based on an Extended Kalman Filter using multiple sensor types and data rates. The sensors include a star tracker, Sun Sensor, Gyroscope, and Magnetometer.

Subject Categories:

  • Flight Control and Instrumentation
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Navigation and Guidance
  • Miscellaneous Detection and Detectors
  • Unmanned Spacecraft
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE