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A novel approach to the attitude control of axisymmetric spacecraft

Authors
Journal
Automatica
0005-1098
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
31
Issue
8
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0005-1098(95)00010-t
Keywords
  • Attitude Control
  • Stability
  • Nonlinear Control Systems
  • Feedback Control

Abstract

Abstract We consider the problem of attitude stabilization of an axisymmetric spacecraft using two pairs of gas jet actuators. These actuators provide control torques about two axes spanning the two-dimensional plane orthogonal to the axis of symmetry. Using a new kinematic formulation, we derive a stabilizing control law that achieves arbitrary reorientation of the spacecraft under the assumption that the initial spin rate about the symmetry axis is zero.

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