Design and Development of a Micro Satellite Attitude Control System

PI: Manoranjan Majji, State University of New York - Buffalo

To stay in-sync with the ever shrinking spacecraft footprint, development of compatible attitude control systems is a key problem for space system development and design. Small satellite platforms are to enable key science and technology objectives in the near future. To this end, a variety of options have recently been made available by utilizing novel Carpal wrist joint mechanisms (known as the "Canfield Joint") as the 3 DOF gimbal for control moment gyro momentum management. By placing a control moment gyroscope on the wrist joint, we can develop a singularity free solution to change the angular momentum of a spacecraft. We propose a pair of Canfield gimbal mounted CMGs as a unified attitude control solution for small spacecraft (called the Micro Satellite Attitude Control - MSAC system). Experimental demonstrations will show the efficacy of the MSAC system.

Technology Areas (?)
  • TA09 Entry, Descent and Landing Systems
Problem Statement

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Technology Details

  • Selection Date
    NRA-1-APP-A (Jul 2012)
  • Program Status
  • Current TRL (?)
    TRL 3
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  • 1 Parabolic
  • 0 sRLV

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