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New generation control system for ultra-low-jitter satellite tracking
Author(s): William R. Verbanets; David Greenwald
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Paper Abstract

The design of a new, all-digital control system for sub-arc second satellite tracking is described. This design is currently being reduced to practice for a large ground-based tracking telescope. Topics discussed include selection of overall control system architecture, the use of auxiliary inertial feedback elements for jitter reduction, sensor noise characterization, selection of bandwidth, hardware selection, and performance prediction. Experimental work is being conducted to support the development of this control system on a Contraves KINETO tracking system. A comparison of results (primarily tracking jitter and pointing accuracy) between a standard KINETO and the new control system is provided, as well as extrapolation of these results to the final system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1482, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing V, (1 August 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45690
Show Author Affiliations
William R. Verbanets, Contraves USA, Inc. (United States)
David Greenwald, Contraves USA, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1482:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing V
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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