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WEBERSAT: data analysis and dynamic behavior
Author(s): Jay Lamont Smith
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Paper Abstract

Webersat has exhibited strange dynamic behavior as confirmed by telemetry; the spin rate has decreased from 5 to 0.05 rpm over the last year. The elongated shape of Webersat is noted to result in an unstable spin about the Z-axis. It is proposed that, in the future, spin-stabilized satellites should be designed to be short and fat about their spin axis rather than tall and thin. The Webersat space frame can be made to spin about the Z-axis if the masses are redistributed so as to produce an overall increase in the moment of inertia about the spin axis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1495, Small-Satellite Technology and Applications, (1 July 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45895
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Jay Lamont Smith, Weber State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1495:
Small-Satellite Technology and Applications
Brian J. Horais, Editor(s)

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