An Approach to Attitude Control Maneuvers Which Helps Maintain Orbit Inclination,
HUGHES AIRCRAFT CO EL SEGUNDO CALIF SPACE AND COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
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The procedure described here is useful for a spin stabilized satellite spinning around an axis normal to its orbit plane and using an offset axial thruster for attitude control. For such a satellite, the procedure arranges attitude control maneuvers so that such maneuvers help maintain orbit inclination. The important features of the satellite are that it spins with its spin axis normal to the orbit plane and it uses offset axial thrusters to control attitude and to impart velocity along the spin axis. Both axial thrusters are fired simultaneously to impart a velocity along the spin axis.