Backup Nutation Damping Strategy for the Galileo Spacecraft

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F. O. Eke

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis, CA 95616

E. M. Eke

Department of Mechanical Engineering, California State University, Sacramento, CA 95819

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 113(2), 308-312 (Jun 01, 1991) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2896380 History: Received April 13, 1988; Revised September 06, 1990; Online March 17, 2008


This paper discusses the design of remedial measures that can be taken to achieve reasonable nutation damping of the Galileo spacecraft in the event of failure of its boom damper in flight. One scheme exploits the effects of payload motion on the nutational stability of a spinning spacecraft. This scheme demands that the spacecraft motion compensation algorithm be enabled with the scan platform bore sight pointed in a well chosen direction to produce rapid damping of spacecraft nutation. A second method suggested for nutation damping is a thruster-based open loop control algorithm, utilizing a pair of thrusters as actuators.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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