Space Systems Dynamics

Orbital and attitude dynamics and control

Facility for algorithms of small satellites motion-in-formation control system study

      Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics and the Sputnix Ltd develops a laboratory facility for study and verification of motion control algorithms. The facility is a bench with an air cushion on it allowing control system mock-ups to move freely over the plate almost without friction. The mock-ups motion control is carried out by thruster simulators. 

     During the internships organized by the German Agency for Academic Exchanges (DAAD) students and postgraduate students of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) participated in development and verification of satellite mock-ups motion control algorithms in the Center of Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) in Bremen. The LuVeX facility consists of a bench with glass surface and two mock-ups. A starry-sky simulator (LEDs ceiling) and a web camera were used for attitude motion determination.

     Read more: The facility description, Publication on the control algorithm, Publications on the attitude motion algorithms [1, 2], Video of the experiment


The laboratory facility


 The mock-ups of control system