Development of the IlliniSat -2 attitude determination and control system testing suite

Alexander R. Ghosh, Patrick G. Haddox, Erik I. Kroeker, Victoria Lynn Coverstone

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This paper discusses the development of a magnetic-based attitude determination and control system for the IlliniSat-2, and the ground support equipment needed to validate the system. The IlliniSat-2 attitude determination is performed using magnetometers and coarse sun sensors applying an extended Kalman filtering technique, while the attitude control is performed with magnetic torquers. To conduct the flight testing of this system, a Helmholtz cage was developed. Lessons learned while developing the system and the testing apparatus, as well as the method for calibration of the system and the next steps in its development are also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2515-2532
Number of pages18
JournalAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Spaceflight Mechanics 2013 - Kauai, HI, United States
Duration: Feb 10 2013Feb 14 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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