Accession Number : ADP003393

Title :   An Approach to Attitude Control Maneuvers Which Helps Maintain Orbit Inclination,

Corporate Author : HUGHES AIRCRAFT CO EL SEGUNDO CALIF SPACE AND COMMUNICATIONS GROUP

Personal Author(s) : Bowles,W. M. ; Altobelli,M. R.

Report Date : JAN 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : The procedure described here is useful for a spin stabilized satellite spinning around an axis normal to its orbit plane and using an offset axial thruster for attitude control. For such a satellite, the procedure arranges attitude control maneuvers so that such maneuvers help maintain orbit inclination. The important features of the satellite are that it spins with its spin axis normal to the orbit plane and it uses offset axial thrusters to control attitude and to impart velocity along the spin axis. Both axial thrusters are fired simultaneously to impart a velocity along the spin axis.

Descriptors :   *Attitude control systems, *Satellite attitude, *Attitude(Inclination), Spin stabilization, Inclined orbit trajectories, Circular orbits, Space systems, Space navigation, Algorithms, Thrusters, Tilt, Precession

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE