Questions tagged [magnetorquer]

Questions regarding devices which use an external magnetic field to produce a torque, usually used to help align a spacecraft in a certain manner while in orbit.

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Have magnetotorquers ever been used to spin-up a satellite?

Magnetotorquers are often used for momentum dumping of reaction wheels in smallsats, and they can use them as well for attitude control directly, per answers to Are there any modern cubesats or ...
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Are there any modern cubesats or smallsats that have relied only on magnetotorquers for attitude control?

This comment got me thinking... Question: Are there any modern cubesats or smallsats that have relied only on magnetotorquers for attitude control, sans reaction wheels or thrusters? Ideally an ...
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How magnetorquers desaturate reaction wheel? [duplicate]

I am looking for a solution to solve problem of reaction wheel saturation. I am going to use magnetorquers as actuator for desaturation. Any one who can guide me in this respect?
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How do we manage the residual magnetic moment of magnetorquer with a ferromagnetic core?

I'm currently working on a control algorithm, specifically in detumbling, for a 3U cubesat. I'm using magnetorquers for actuation and magnetometers to receive feedback. If I have no current passing ...
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Effect of permanent magnet and solid core magnetorquer on magnetometer reading

Permanent magnet as passive stabilization and magnetorquer with solid core as active stabilization has been used over the year in satellites.But the would have magnetic field lines, wouldn't they ...
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Why are electrodynamic tethers not used to propel payloads beyond LEO?

Bringing spacecraft to higher orbits than LEO is quite expensive and as rocket reusability gains traction, it will probably get even more expensive when compared to a standard LEO deployment since the ...
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I'm confused on why we can't magnet idea to propel ship to space [duplicate]

when we put two magnets together they push each other apart. So why can't we use the same concept with the magnetic field and a man made magnet?
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Relation between air-core and ferromagnetic solenoid -core magnetorquers and measurement of dipole moment

I am going to be using air coil magnetorquers for a satellite development project. These air coil magnetorquers come embedded in solar panels. I am currently using this magnetorquer , it's a solar ...
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Ways to measure dipole moment of magnetorquer

As the title states, I am trying to find a way to measure the dipole moment(m) for my magnetorquer. I am planning to use magnetorquers for desaturating my reaction wheels for a project. I understand ...
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Will this magnetorquer configuration effectively desaturate a reaction wheel?

I'm trying to run a Matlab simulation for desaturation of a reaction wheel using magnetorquers. But there is still something that I'm not entirely sure of : I know that when the reaction wheel ...
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Will there be torques on spacecraft due to interaction of magnetic torquer with the residual magnetic field of the spacecraft?

Assuming the magnetorquer and the field generating electronics are both rigidly fixed to the spacecraft cube. Reference to any supporting papers/articles would be great. Thanks. Would the residual ...
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Could an articulated permanent magnet work as a low-power cubesat magnetotorquer? Problems?

Conventional magnetotorquers for cubesats are electromagnets that produce torque in the Earth's magnetic field, and nearly all of the power they use just heats the copper through $\text{I}^2 \text{R}$ ...
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Can magnets be used to launch spacecraft?

I assume there is some reason we don't use magnets to launch off Earth. Are they not strong enough? Isn't magnetic force technically stronger than gravity?? Would either of these work: A tube tunnel ...
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What is the math behind Magnetorquers?

I'm trying to better understand the mathematics behind how torque rods work. I know that even if you have 3 axis of magnetic torquers, in effect there is only 2 axis of control, and I'm trying to ...
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Have Magnetorquers been used anywhere outside of the Earth?

On Earth, small satellites often include Magnetorquers. A magnetorquer allows the satellite to re-orient itself without using fuel in a way more permanent than magnets. While not every planet has a ...
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Could a magnetorquer be used in orbit around Mars?

One way to align a spacecraft into a certain manner while in orbit around a body is the use a Magnetorquer. Does Mars have enough of a magnetic field to allow such a device to operate?
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Could Magnetorquers be used on the ISS?

The way that the ISS manages it's attitude now is to use a set of reaction wheels for primary control, and occasionally firing small thrusters to allow the wheels to despin themselves. This isn't ...
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Would magnetic torquers placed in a polar satellite work?

Would magnetic torquers placed in a polar satellite keep the satellite stable? If it would work, would it be very efficient?