Attitude control system design using a flywheel suspended by two gimbals
Keywordsattitude, Control, flywheel.
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AbstractThis work presents the attitude control system design procedures for a three axis stabilized satellite in geostationary orbit, which contains a flywheel suspended by two gimbals. The use of a flywheel with two DOFs is an interesting option because with only one device its possible to control the torques about vehicles three axes; through the wheel speed control and gyrotorquing phenomenon with two DOFs. If the wheel size and speed are determined properly its possible to cancel cyclic torques using gas jets only periodically to cancel secular disturbance torques. The system, based on a flywheel, takes only one pitch/roll (earth) sensor to maintain precise attitude, unlike mass expulsion based control systems, which uses propellants continuously, beyond roll, pitch and yaw sensors. It is considered the satellite is in nominal orbit and, therefore, that the attitudes acquisition phase has already elapsed. Control laws and system parameters are determined in order to cancel the solar pressure radiation disturbance torque and the torque due to misalignment of the thrusters. Stability is analyzed and step and cyclic responses are obtained.