Development of a 10g femto-satellite with active attitude control

Hu, Z., Timmons, T. , Stamat, L. and McInnes, C. (2020) Development of a 10g femto-satellite with active attitude control. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 73(5), pp. 163-169.

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Abstract

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:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hu, Dr Zhongxu and Stamat, Liviu and Timmons, Thomas and McInnes, Professor Colin
Authors: Hu, Z., Timmons, T., Stamat, L., and McInnes, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Journal of the British Interplanetary Society
Publisher:British Interplanetary Society
ISSN:0007-084X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 British Interplanetary Society
First Published:First published in Journal of the British Interplanetary Society 73(5):163-169
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
305200DTP 2018-19 University of GlasgowMary Beth KneafseyEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/R513222/1MVLS - Graduate School