Accession Number : AD0825655

Title :   MASS CONSERVATIVE ATTITUDE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR INTERPLANETARY SPACECRAFT.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Gilbreath, David Slagle

Report Date : SEP 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 56

Abstract : Attitude control requirements for interplanetary space are discussed. Spacecraft attitude control systems, excluding mass expulsion devices, are described. Solar pressure, reaction spheres, reaction wheels and control moment gyros are analyzed as sources of control torque. A comparison is made between the reaction wheel and two types of control moment gyros on the basis of weight, power consumption, momentum absorption capability and reliability. (Author)

Descriptors :   *VERNIER ROCKET ENGINES), *MANNED SPACECRAFT), (*STABILIZATION SYSTEMS, (*ATTITUDE CONTROL SYSTEMS, SOLAR WIND, INTERPLANETARY TRAJECTORIES, REACTION KINETICS, FREE FLIGHT TRAJECTORIES, TORQUE, GYRO STABILIZERS, GYROSCOPES, MOMENTUM, GRAVITY, INERTIA, SPECIFIC IMPULSE, MARS PROBES, MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS, WEIGHT.

Subject Categories : Rocket Engines
      Manned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE