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Study for femto satellites using micro control moment gyroscope

Post, Mark and Bauer, Ralf and Li, Junquan and Lee, Regina (2016) Study for femto satellites using micro control moment gyroscope. In: 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference. IEEE, New York, pp. 1-8. ISBN 9781479953806

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Abstract— Femto-satellites can be used for distributed space missions that can require hundreds to thousands of satellites for real time, distributed, multi-point networks to accomplish remote sensing and science objectives. While suitable sensors are available using micro-electro-mechanical system technology, most femto-satellite designs have no attitude control capability due to the power and size constraints on attitude control actuators. A novel femto-satellite design that uses a micro-electro-mechanical system Control Moment Gyroscope is studied in this paper. We focus on the principal design, modelling, and discussion of the proposed Control Moment Gyroscope while detailing a controllable femto-satellite design that can make use of attitude control for simple sensing missions.