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, USA, 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.