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Development of a suborbital flight experiment for validating a satellite inertia identification method
Author(s): Gerardo Martinez; Marco Inzunza-Ibarra; Ivann Ferrel; Brandi Herrera; Ou Ma
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Paper Abstract

For three years, students at New Mexico State University have pursued flight experiments for validation of a newly developed inertia property identification algorithm. The robotics-based algorithm was developed and studied using computer simulations only. It has not been fully validated experimentally because of the difficulty to physically test full six degrees of freedom system dynamics in microgravity conditions on the ground. In the attempt to experimentally validate the algorithm, two experiments onboard NASA's C-9 microgravity flights have been performed. Although these flight experiments have been an invaluable experience, the zero-gravity environment desired to fully validate the algorithm has not yet been achieved. The full validation requires 6 DOF, a zero-gravity motion condition which is virtually inconceivable for ground-based testing or aircraft-based testing. Therefore, the student team is developing a suborbital experiment to further test the algorithm. The experiment has been scheduled to fly in the summer of 2011. This paper describes the activities of this suborbital flight project.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2011
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 8044, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications IV, 80440H (20 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.887253
Show Author Affiliations
Gerardo Martinez, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)
Marco Inzunza-Ibarra, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)
Ivann Ferrel, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)
Brandi Herrera, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)
Ou Ma, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8044:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications IV
Khanh D. Pham; Henry Zmuda; Joseph Lee Cox; Greg J. Meyer, Editor(s)

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