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Testing and calibrating an advanced cubesat attitude determination and control system
Author(s): Tjorven Delabie; Bram Vandoren; Wim De Munter; Gert Raskin; Bart Vandenbussche; Dirk Vandepitte
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Paper Abstract

CubeSat technology is evolving rapidly. With the increased performance of these small spacecraft platforms, astronomical missions on CubeSats will be flown in the near future. These types of missions have very demanding requirements in terms of spacecraft pointing. At the KU Leuven university, we have developed a compact, highaccuracy attitude determination and control system for CubeSats. The system uses three reaction wheels and a star tracker to deliver high agility and accuracy. In this paper, we will discuss the test and calibration campaign that was carried out. This campaign was instrumental in achieving the performance required by astronomical missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 106985U (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2311989
Show Author Affiliations
Tjorven Delabie, KU Leuven (Belgium)
Bram Vandoren, KU Leuven (Belgium)
Wim De Munter, KU Leuven (Belgium)
Gert Raskin, KU Leuven (Belgium)
Bart Vandenbussche, KU Leuven (Belgium)
Dirk Vandepitte, KU Leuven (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10698:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Makenzie Lystrup; Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong, Editor(s)

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