Rotational maneuver and stabilization of an elastic spacecraft

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


The question of attitude control and elastic mode stabilization of a spacecraft (orbiter) with "beam/tip mass" type payloads is considered. A three-axis moment control law is derived to control the attitude of the spacecraft. The derivation of the control moments acting on the spacecraft does not require any information on the system dynamics. The control law includes a reference model and a dynamic compensator in the feedback path. For damping out the elastic motion excited by the slewing maneuver, an elastic mode stabilizer is designed. The stabilization is achieved by modal velocity feedback using force and torque actuators located at the payload end of the elastic beam. Collocated actuators and sensors provide robust stabilization.


Controls and Control Theory | Dynamics and Dynamical Systems | Electrical and Computer Engineering | Navigation, Guidance, Control and Dynamics | Space Vehicles


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