Three Dimensional Attitude Control of an Underactuated Satellite with Thrusters
Yasuhiro Yoshimura, Takashi Matsuno, and Shinji Hokamoto
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka, Japan
This paper deals with the three-dimensional attitude control of an underactuated satellite equipped with thrusters whose force directions are fixed to the satellite. First, the necessary number of thrusters for the satellite’s attitude control is discussed utilizing the Minkowski-Farkas theorem. Then, using the wzparameters for a satellite’s attitude expression, this paper proposes a nonholonomic attitude controller which is effective for any satellite regardless of its moment of inertia. Numerical simulation demonstrates the effectiveness of the proposed controller. Furthermore, the efficiency of the controller for different thruster positions is also discussed.
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