Accession Number : AD0711517

Title :   TECHNIQUES FOR EARTH-POINTING ATTITUDE CONTROL OF A SPACECRAFT.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ROYAL AIRCRAFT ESTABLISHMENT FARNBOROUGH (ENGLAND)

Personal Author(s) : Hughes,W. G. ; Barnes,M. B.

Report Date : APR 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : The paper surveys the attitude control techniques particularly applicable to earth-pointing spacecraft, covering horizon sensors and overall systems of the spinning, gravity-gradient, and fully stabilized varieties. Considerable attention is given to the gyrocompassing technique for spinning and fully stabilized vehicles. The paper was presented at the NATO Summer School on Earth Observation Satellites, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, July 1969, and published in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SATELLITES(ARTIFICIAL), ATTITUDE CONTROL SYSTEMS), HORIZON SCANNERS, DETECTORS, GYRO COMPASSES, YAW, OSCILLATION, DAMPING, PERIODIC VARIATIONS, SPIN STABILIZATION, GREAT BRITAIN

Subject Categories : Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry
      Ground Support Sys & Facil For Space Vehicles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE