Feedback slew algorithms for prolate spinners using Single–Thruster

Yang, Gao and Abadi, Chanik (2018) Feedback slew algorithms for prolate spinners using Single–Thruster. Acta Astronautica, 144. pp. 39-51. ISSN 0094-5765

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A number of low-cost open-loop slew control algorithms have been developed for prolate spinning spacecraft using single-thruster actuation. Robustness analysis indicates that these algorithms have high sensitiveness over thruster firing time error, spacecraft inertia error, and especially spin rate perturbations. This paper proposed two novel feedback slew algorithms, Feedback Half-Cone and Feedback Sector-Arc Slew, built on the existing open-loop algorithms and they use attitude and angular velocity feedback to compensate the errors in knowledge of spin rate, without external torques. As presented, after the first thruster actuation initiate the spin-axis precession, the feedback slew algorithms take attitude and spin-rate feedback to estimate the angular momentum and predict the spin-axis attitude during the slew. These techniques contribute to improve the cancelation thrust impulse accuracy and reduce the final nutation error. Simulations for a Penetrator mission scenario validate these feedback algorithms and show their slew performance and robustness over the perturbations mentioned above. It is proved that the attitude feedback greatly improves the slew accuracy and robustness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prolate penetrator, Feedback attitude control, Attitude dynamics, Single thruster.
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Engineering
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2022 08:50
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2022 08:50

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