CubeSat Reaction Wheel-Based Attitude Control System

B. Dean, D. Amaro, M. Bushra, L. Elliot, M. E. Loveless, D. R. Reising, and T. D. Loveless, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 735 Vine St, Chattanooga TN 37403

The design of an affordable, space-conservative, three-axis attitude control system for a Cube Satellite (CubeSat) is presented. CubeSats are small satellites measuring 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm per unit. Reorientation and stabilization are critical to all spacecrafts; however, positioning presents a significant challenge for miniaturized satellites. Widely used attitude control components such as magnetorquers and reaction wheels are expensive. This project utilizes 3D-printed components, including reaction wheels, and affordable commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components to achieve accurate attitude control. Here, we provide an analysis of common control-system algorithms, and evidence of an accurate attitude control system through prototype testing. Future research involves improvements through shrinking hardware, as well as a trade-off study of various control algorithms. 

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Berkay Dean

Institution: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Type: Poster

Subject: Electrical & Computer Engineering

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 6
Date/Time: Tue 2:00pm-3:00pm
Session Number: 4551