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Attitude control of multiple rigid body spacecraft with flexible hinge joints

Akbulut, Burak
Control algorithm is developed for a satellite with flexible appendages to achieve a good pointing performance. Detailed modeling activity was carried out that consists of sensor and actuator models, disturbances and system dynamics. Common hardware found in the spacecraft such as reaction wheels, gyroscopes, star trackers etc. were included in the model. Furthermore, the Newton-Euler method is employed for the derivation of multi-body equations of motion. Evaluation of the pointing accuracy with proper pointing performance metrics such as accuracy, jitter and stability during slew maneuvers are obtained through simulations. Control strategies are proposed to improve pointing performance.