Development of a variable inertia reaction wheel system for spacecraft attitude control

John A. Christian, Michael A. Turbe, Erik M. Kabo, Laura C. Manno, Eric N. Johnson

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Abstract

Attitude control is an important basic function for most spacecraft. The primary objective of this experiment was to improve the capability and flexibility of a reaction wheel attitude control system by introducing variable inertia reaction wheels. This enhancement might provide at least two advantages: variable precision and vehicle reorientation without changing the reaction wheel angular velocity. To demonstrate these advantages, a prototype of a variable inertia reaction wheel system was flown in a microgravity environment aboard NASA's KC-135A "Weightless Wonder V" aircraft as a free floating experiment. The data collected during flight suggests the control system performed well, and that a variable inertia system offers increased flexibility in attitude control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference
Pages1933-1945
Number of pages13
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
EventCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference - Providence, RI, United States
Duration: Aug 16 2004Aug 19 2004

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference
Volume3

Other

OtherCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference
CountryUnited States
CityProvidence, RI
Period8/16/048/19/04

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Christian, J. A., Turbe, M. A., Kabo, E. M., Manno, L. C., & Johnson, E. N. (2004). Development of a variable inertia reaction wheel system for spacecraft attitude control. In Collection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference (pp. 1933-1945). [AIAA 2004-5132] (Collection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference; Vol. 3).