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Inertially Referenced Instrument Pointing Platform With Momentum Compensated Articulation
Author(s): C . E. Bell; R . H. Stanton
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Paper Abstract

A precision pointing scan platform is under development at JPL in connection with the Mariner Mark II (MMII) interplanetary spacecraft program. Unlike previous designs, e.g., the Voyager and Galileo scan platforms, the new platform concept provides for closed loop celestial or target body referenced tracking and momentum compensated articulation. The new platform concept, known as the Integrated Platform Pointing and Attitude Control System (IPPACS), is expected to maximize mission to mission inheritance of attitude and articulation control hardware and software by decoupling the platform design from the spacecraft design through momentum compensation. High accuracy science instrument pointing is provided by an optical tracker co-located with an inertial rate unit on the instrument platform.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 October 1984
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0493, Optical Platforms, (23 October 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.943795
Show Author Affiliations
C . E. Bell, California institute of Technology (United States)
R . H. Stanton, California institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0493:
Optical Platforms
Charles L. Wyman, Editor(s)

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