Optimal attitude determination and control system design for laice and cubesail

Vedant, Erik Kroeker, Alexander Ghosh

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This paper investigates the optimization of the Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) for LAICE and CubeSail, two nanosatellites based on the Illinisat-2 bus. The ADC system is divided into two separate, but interlinked subsystems: attitude determination and attitude control. The coupled system is limited in available mass and power and must use inexpensive components. In the case of IlliniSat-2, the system uses the Earth's magnetic field for both attitude determination (through the use of a magnetometer) and for attitude control (through the use of magnetic torque coil actuators). Previous work has seen these two systems independently optimized. This study optimizes the coupled system to generate an optimal pointing method for IlliniSat-2 satellites. In these previous studies, it was assumed that there were no constraints on the duration or intensity of the magnetic torque utilization beyond the physical limits of the hardware in question. In this investigation, the energy stored in the battery and available for use by the ADCS will be considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpaceflight Mechanics 2017
EditorsJon A. Sims, Frederick A. Leve, Jay W. McMahon, Yanping Guo
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780877036371
StatePublished - Jan 1 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
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Vedant, Kroeker, E., & Ghosh, A. (2017). Optimal attitude determination and control system design for laice and cubesail. In J. A. Sims, F. A. Leve, J. W. McMahon, & Y. Guo (Eds.), Spaceflight Mechanics 2017 (pp. 3021-3033). (Advances in the Astronautical Sciences; Vol. 160). Univelt Inc..