### Abstract

A nonlinear control design is presented for the purpose of quantitatively simulating the effects of internal damping mechanisms modeled as energy sinks on the attitude dynamics of rigid body spacecraft. Damping is important because it is often the driving mechanism behind passive attitude acquisition maneuvers. Introduction of the controller into the Euler attitude equations of motion allows for the explicit representation of damping without the introduction of additional degrees of freedom required for a physical damping mechanism. This result is significant because perturbation techniques which rely on the closed form solution of the unperturbed problem can then be used to analyze the effects of perturbations upon a damped system. The controller is designed to dissipate kinetic energy while maintaining the magnitude of the angular momentum vector. Control torques are nonlinear functions of the angular momentum components expressed in a body-fixed frame. A numerical simulation of an actual damping mechanism during a decay from minor axis spin into a flat spin is presented showing that the nonlinear controller gives a good qualitative representation and, in many instances, a good quantitative approximation of the attitude motion of a representative spacecraft containing a damping mechanism.

Original language | English (US) |
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Title of host publication | Advances in the Astronautical Sciences |

Publisher | Publ by Univelt Inc |

Pages | 111-132 |

Number of pages | 22 |

Volume | 82 |

Edition | pt 1 |

ISBN (Print) | 0877033684 |

State | Published - 1993 |

Event | Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting. Part 1 (of 2) - Pasadena, CA, USA Duration: Feb 22 1993 → Feb 24 1993 |

### Other

Other | Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting. Part 1 (of 2) |
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City | Pasadena, CA, USA |

Period | 2/22/93 → 2/24/93 |

### All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Aerospace Engineering

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*Advances in the Astronautical Sciences*(pt 1 ed., Vol. 82, pp. 111-132). Publ by Univelt Inc.