Small Satellites

Orbital and attitude dynamics and control

We are the leading research center in the area of dynamics and control algorithm design for interplanetary and near-Earth small spacecraft. Applying advanced mathematical methods to astrodynamics, we are developing
the novel technologies of small satellite attitude control, formation deployment, and end-of-life disposal. In the algorithms designed, the natural forces and torques due to third-body gravity, atmosphere, and solar radiation pressure are maximally exploited. Many algorithms and onboard actuators can be tested and verified not only  numerically but also using our laboratory facilities located at Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics (KIAM).


We are open to help you in formulating the spacecraft control problem and developing the dynamical model of
your space system. The most difficult task we solve is the design and laboratory testing of motion identification
and control algorithms, including their onboard implementation, if necessary. With our involvement, more than
a dozen of small satellites have been successfully launched and operated. For almost two decades, our team
has gained extensive experience in processing flight test data. We can also train your people to do it yourself.