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Attitude dynamics and control of solar sails with articulated vanes

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dc.contributor.author Mettler, Edward
dc.contributor.author Acikmese, A. Behcet
dc.contributor.author Ploen, Scott R.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-09-21T19:04:13Z
dc.date.available 2007-09-21T19:04:13Z
dc.date.issued 2005-08-15
dc.identifier.citation AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, San Francisco, California, August 15 2005 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/40437
dc.description NASA/JPL en
dc.description.abstract In this paper we develop a robust nonlinear algorithm for the attitude control of a solar sailcraft with M single degree-of-freedom articulated control vanes. A general attitude controller that tracks an admissible trajectory while rejecting disturbances such as torques due to center-of-mass to center-of-pressure offsets is applied to this problem. We then describe a methodology based on nonlinear programming to allocate the required control torques among the control vanes. A simplified allocation strategy is then applied to a solar sail with four articulated control vanes, and simulation results are given. The performance of the control algorithm and possible limitations of vane-only control are then discussed. en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2005 en
dc.subject solar sails en
dc.subject nonlinear control en
dc.title Attitude dynamics and control of solar sails with articulated vanes en
dc.type Preprint en


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