Investigation of the Acquisition Problem in Satellite Attitude Control

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Report Number: AFFDL TR 65-115
Author(s): Sabroff, A. , Frew, A. , Gran, M. , Farrenhopf, R.
Corporate Author(s): TRW/Space Technology Laboratories
Laboratory: Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1965-12
Pages: 318
Contract: AF 33(615)-1535
DoD Project: 8219
DoD Task: 821904
Identifier: AD0628062

The acquisition function of a spacecraft attitude control system consists of properly orienting the vehicle with respect to specified reference directions starting from large initial attitude and rate errors. The resulting control system design problem was examined by establishing suitable mathematical representations, comparing competing control concepts, developing a practical optimization approach, and evaluating a new technique for applying Lyapunov stability theory to the acquisition problem.

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