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A METHOD OF YAW ATTITUDE SENSING USING POLARIZED RADIO WAVES
GENERAL DYNAMICS/POMONA CALIF
A method of stabilizing yaw attitude of a satellite, particularly a stationary 24-hour satellite, is herein briefly described. The method utilizes a ground-based radio transmitting with a polarized antenna, and a polarized receiving antenna on the satellite. It appears that atmospheric refraction, Faraday rotation and the earths magnetic field can be overcome in order to provide sufficient accuracy for ground-based control commands to the satellite propulsion system. Author