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High performance two degrees of freedom attitude control for solar sails

Romagnoli, Daniele and Oehlschlägel, Thimo (2011) High performance two degrees of freedom attitude control for solar sails. Advances in Space Research, 48 (11), pp. 1869-1879. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.asr.2011.04.027.

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0273117711002882


The purpose of this paper is to present a high performance solar sail attitude controller which uses ballast masses moving inside the sail’s booms as actuators and to demonstrate its ability of performing time efficient reorientation maneuvers. The proposed controller consists of a combination of a feedforward and a feedback controller, which takes advantage of the feedforward’s fast response and the feedback’s ability of responding to unpredicted disturbances. The feedforward controller considers the attitude dynamics of the sailcraft as well as the disturbance torque due to the center of pressure offset to the center of mass of the sailcraft. Additional disturbance torques, like those coming from the environment or from asymmetry of the spacecraft structure, are then handled by the feedback controller. Simulation performance results are finally compared against results available in the literature.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/74977/
Document Type:Article
Title:High performance two degrees of freedom attitude control for solar sails
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Journal or Publication Title:Advances in Space Research
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.asr.2011.04.027
Page Range:pp. 1869-1879
Keywords: Solar sailing; Attitude control; Sliding masses; Low thrust propulsion
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Efficient Energy Conversion (old)
HGF - Program Themes:E VG - Combustion and Gas Turbine Technologies (old)
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E VG - Combustion and Gas Turbine Technologies
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Gasturbine (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Regelungs- und Datensysteme
Deposited By: Oehlschlägel, Thimo
Deposited On:14 Feb 2012 10:19
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:27

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