I have knowledge about basic control systems, mathematical modelling and deriving state space and transfer functions. I'm a part of a team designing a small satellite. Control will be achieved using RCS thrusters and reaction wheels. How do I design an attitude control system for such a satellite? References to lectures and/or books would be helpful. To be more specific, I'd like to learn more about the mathematical and analytical part, where the controller algorithm is designed, analysed and tested.


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  • $\begingroup$ How big is the satellite and what attitude sensors are being used? Also what attitude requirements do you have? $\endgroup$ – ThePlanMan Nov 20 '15 at 12:00
  • $\begingroup$ ...never mind attitude monitoring systems - to determine how to achieve given attitude, the satellite needs to know what attitude it has. $\endgroup$ – SF. Nov 20 '15 at 12:45
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Take a look at Space Mission Analysis and Design by Larson and Wertz, it's standard literature on systems engineering. Additionally Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control by Wertz will give you more information on the design of an ACS.

  • $\begingroup$ The satellite is about 60x50x50 cm, the RCS thrusters are of 0.5 or 1 N and the reaction wheels produce a torque of 1 mN-m. The attitude determination is done by 8 sun sensors, a star tracker, and an imu ( imu6050 ). $\endgroup$ – Mr.Bones Nov 23 '15 at 8:04

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