Mathematics of Nanosatellites

Authors

  • Gueorgi Smirnov
  • Antônio Fernando Bertachini Almeida Prado

Abstract

The role of small inexpensive satellites continuously grows in the modern space exploration. Their use can significantly reduce the cost of the mission. However, the control of such satellites is a challenge. One of the major issues here is that such satellites usually do not possess a complex attitude control system, and three-axis stabilization might be unavailable. As a consequence, the thrust vector of the orbit control system cannot be arbitrary oriented in space and rather involved mathematical methods are needed in order to compensate the control system’s simplicity.

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Published

2014-11-23

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Editorial