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Autonomous Reorientation of a Maneuver-Limited Spacecraft Under Simple Pointing Constraints


Vanelli, Charles Anthony (1997) Autonomous Reorientation of a Maneuver-Limited Spacecraft Under Simple Pointing Constraints. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/kap2-6n63.


This report presents techniques for using discrete finite rotations to reorient a spacecraft from a given initial attitude to a final attitude which satisfies a specified aiming objective. The objective may be a fully specified final orientation or it may require that the spacecraft direct an instrument along a certain direction. Constraints are also imposed on the allowable intermediate orientations that the spacecraft may assume during the course of the maneuver, representing the operational requirements of onboard instrumentation. The algorithms presented consider solutions that will achieve the desired objective with only one or two slew maneuvers, although they may be easily extended to consider more complicated solutions requiring additional maneuvers.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Subject Keywords:(Mechanical Engineering)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Murray, Richard M.
Thesis Committee:
  • Murray, Richard M. (chair)
  • Antonsson, Erik K.
  • Burdick, Joel Wakeman
Defense Date:30 May 1997
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-01162008-152619
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:206
Deposited By: Imported from ETD-db
Deposited On:13 Feb 2008
Last Modified:11 Aug 2022 20:48

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