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Integrated modelling of microvibrations induced by Solar Array Drive Mechanism for worst-case end-to-end analysis and robust disturbance estimation

Authors
  • Sanfedino, Francesco
  • Alazard, Daniel
  • Preda, Valentin
  • Oddenino, Davide
Type
Preprint
Publication Date
May 07, 2021
Submission Date
May 07, 2021
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ymssp.2021.108168
Source
arXiv
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Abstract

Modern and future observation Space missions face increasingly more demanding pointing performance requirements. This is accompanied with the development of larger lightweight flexible structures. This paper outlines a methodology for modeling a generic multi-body flexible spacecraft in an end-to-end fashion within the Two-Inputs Two-Outputs Port framework: from disturbance all the way to pointing performance by tacking into account all the uncertainties of each sub-system. A particular focus is dedicated to a novel generic model for Solar Drive Array Mechanisms and its harmonic disturbances produced by the micro-stepping driver and the gearbox imperfections. The proposed model is validated with the on-board telemetries of a European spacecraft. Moreover this paper shows how the proposed model-based approach can be easily used for control design and closed-loop robust performance analysis. Worst-case scenarios of mechanical parameters combination are investigated to provide robust performance certificate of the reference study case. A Linear Parameter-Varying observer, scheduled by the solar array rotor angle, is finally proposed in order to estimate the disturbance torques induced by the gearbox imperfections just using the measurements coming from a classical attitude control system: a star tracker and a gyrometer.

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