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Attitude determination for high-accuracy submicroradian jitter pointing on space-based platforms
Author(s): Avanindra A. Gupta; Charles N. Van Houten; Lawrence M. Germann
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Paper Abstract

A description of the requirement definition process is given for a new wideband attitude determination subsystem (ADS) for image motion compensation (IMC) systems. The subsystem consists of either lateral accelerometers functioning in differential pairs or gas-bearing gyros for high-frequency sensors using CCD-based star trackers for low-frequency sensors. To minimize error the sensor signals are combined so that the mixing filter does not allow phase distortion. The two ADS models are introduced in an IMC simulation to predict measurement error, correction capability, and residual image jitter for a variety of system parameters. The IMC three-axis testbed is utilized to simulate an incoming beam in inertial space. Results demonstrate that both mechanical and electronic IMC meet the requirements of image stabilization for space-based observation at submicroradian-jitter levels. Currently available technology may be employed to implement IMC systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1990
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1303, Advances in Optical Structure Systems, (1 October 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.21517
Show Author Affiliations
Avanindra A. Gupta, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
Charles N. Van Houten, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
Lawrence M. Germann, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1303:
Advances in Optical Structure Systems
John A. Breakwell; Victor L. Genberg; Gary C. Krumweide, Editor(s)

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