Development of a 10g Femto-satellite with Active Attitude Control

Hu, Z., Timmons, T., Stamat, L. and McInnes, C. (2019) Development of a 10g Femto-satellite with Active Attitude Control. In: 17th Reinventing Space Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 12-14 Nov 2019,

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This paper describes the initial design of a Femto-satellite with active attitude control. It has a structure with a matchbox form factor, measures 3.5 x 3.5 x 0.5cm, and uses three miniaturized orthogonal magnetorquers as actuators for attitude control. It also features short range RF communication at 868 MHz for demonstrating satellite networking and swarming around a CubeSat as a host. Preliminary test results obtained from a prototype device weighing 10g are given, including IMU based attitude determination, miniaturized magnetorquers, a custom-built Helmholtz coil system, active attitude control and RF communications.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stamat, Liviu and Timmons, Thomas and McInnes, Professor Colin and Hu, Dr Zhongxu
Authors: Hu, Z., Timmons, T., Stamat, L., and McInnes, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in 17th Reinventing Space Conference
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