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Contributions to attitude dynamics of the Petite Amateur Navy Satellite (PANSAT)

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Authors
Graswald, Markus
Panholzer, Rudolf
Subjects
Attitude and dynamics
Communications
PANSAT
Small Satellite
Advisors
Date of Issue
1998-02-16
Date
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
The purpose of this technical report is to document the theoretical and practical aspects of the attitude dynamics of the Petite Amateur Navy Satellite (PANSAT). PANSAT is an experimental, small, low cost, communications satellite that was designed and built by officer students supported by the Space Systems Academic Group at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. The satellite was deployed during the STS 95 mission into a low-Earth orbit providing an altitude of about 300 nautical miles and an inclination of 28.50 on October 30, 1998. The dynamics of the non-stabilized spacecraft are modeled by the equations of rotational motion incorporating environmental torques and considering several reference systems. The initial state of motion and attitude as launched from the Space Shuttle as well as telemetry data received after deployment are investigated in order to obtain an understanding on the satellite's actual dynamics and attitude. Visualization tools are provided to display the attitude of PANSAT at time of deployment and the roll-rate relative to the Sun.
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Technical Report
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Identifiers
NPS Report Number
NPS-SP-99-001
Sponsors
Prepared for: NPS Space Systems Academic Group
Funder
"This report was prepared for and funded by the Naval Postgraduate School, Space Systems Academic Group."
Format
204 p.
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Distribution Statement
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Rights
This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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