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Design and fabrication of a full-scale actively controlled satellite appendage simulator unit
Author(s): Jack H. Jacobs; Dan Quenon; Steve Hadden; Rick Self
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Paper Abstract

Modern satellites require the ability to slew and settle quickly in order to acquire or transmit data efficiently. Solar arrays and communication antennas cause low frequency disturbances to the satellite bus during these maneuvers causing undesirable induced vibration of the payload. The ability to develop and experimentally demonstrate attitude control laws which compensate for these flexible body disturbances is of prime importance to modern day satellite manufacturers. Honeywell has designed and fabricated an actively controlled Appendage Simulator Unit (ASU) which can physically induce the modal characteristics of satellite appendages on to a ground based satellite test bed installed on an air bearing. The ASU consists of two orthogonal fulcrum beams weighting over 800 pounds each utilizing two electrodynamic shakers to induce active torques onto the bus. The ASU is programmed with the state space characteristics of the desired appendage and responds in real time to the bus motion to generate realistic disturbances back onto the satellite. Two LVDT's are used on each fulcrum beam to close the loop and insure the system responds in real time the same way a real solar array would on-orbit. Each axis is independently programmable in order to simulate various orientations or modal contributions from an appendage. The design process for the ASU involved the optimization of sensors, actuators, control authority, weight, power and functionality. The smart structure system design process and experimental results are described in detail.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3674, Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (9 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.351569
Show Author Affiliations
Jack H. Jacobs, Honeywell Space Systems (United States)
Dan Quenon, Honeywell Space Systems (United States)
Steve Hadden, Honeywell Space Systems (United States)
Rick Self, Honeywell Space Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3674:
Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
Jack H. Jacobs, Editor(s)

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