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Modeling and Control of a Balloon Borne Stabilized Platform

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A. O. Chingcuanco, M. Tomizuka

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720

P. M. Lubin

Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106

P. R. Meinhold

Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 112(4), 703-710 (Dec 01, 1990) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2896198 History: Received April 01, 1989; Revised September 01, 1989; Online March 17, 2008

Abstract

A balloon borne stabilized platform has been developed for a remotely operated altitude-azimuth pointing of a millimeter wave telescope system. A modeling and controller design of the azimuth point system of the platform is presented. Simulation results show that the system is capable of continuous operation with pointing rms to better than 0.01 deg. Ground testing results show continuous operation with pointing rms to better than 0.02 deg; while results of the first flight from the National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF) at Palestine, Texas show pointing rms better than 0.02 deg.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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