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Attitude control for the Pluto Fast Flyby spacecraft
Author(s): Glen J. Kissel
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Paper Abstract

A conceptual attitude control subsystem design for the Pluto Fast Flyby spacecraft is described. Mass, cost, schedule and performance, approximately in that order, drove the mission, spacecraft, as well as the attitude control subsystem design. The paper discusses the key mission requirements impacting the attitude control subsystem design, as well as the important subsystem trades. The spacecraft is a three axis stabilized vehicle using cold gas jets for attitude control and hydrazine thrusters for trajectory correction maneuvers. Attitude determination relies heavily on a low mass star tracker capable of determining attitude by pointing anywhere in the celestial sphere. Tracking of planetary features with the star tracker may also be desirable. A small inertial reference unit and a sun sensor will accompany the tracker to complete the suite of components for attitude determination.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 1993
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1949, Space Guidance, Control, and Tracking, (23 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.157081
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Glen J. Kissel, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1949:
Space Guidance, Control, and Tracking
George E. Sevaston; Richard H. Stanton, Editor(s)

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