Extending software capabilities of cubesim: A hardware in the loop simulation package

Vedant, Erik Kroeker, Alexander Robin Mercantini Ghosh

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The University of Illinois has developed a hardware-in-loop (HIL) attitude simulation platform called CubeSim for the testing and calibration of attitude determination and control systems (ADCS) for NanoSatellites. This system is currently being used to calibrate the LAICE and CubeSail satellites, both based on the Il-liniSat-2 bus, which are scheduled for launch in early 2017. It consists of hardware elements (Helmholtz cage (HC3), custom power supply) and a software package. To further improve the capabilities of CubeSim, this study introduces two main modifications to the CubeSim software package improving simulation accuracy. The first would discuss calibration techniques developed for CubeSim that enable robust and fast calibration of magnetometers. Subsequently the study would evaluate the inclusion of the Enhanced Magnetic Model (EMM) instead of the International Geomagnetic Reference Field (IGRF) model for production higher fidelity of magnetic field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpaceflight Mechanics 2017
EditorsJon A. Sims, Frederick A. Leve, Jay W. McMahon, Yanping Guo
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780877036371
StatePublished - 2017
Event27th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2017 - San Antonio, United States
Duration: Feb 5 2017Feb 9 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


Other27th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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