Small Satellites

Satellites dynamics and motion control study

Laboratory Facility for Formation Flying Simulation

The laboratory facility

The control system mock-ups

Motion determination

18th December 2015

The inauguration of the Laboratory Facility for Formation Flying Simulation took place on 18th of December in the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics. The facility was designed and commissioned by the  SputniX Ltd. Before this event, the Laboratory was visited by the First Deputy Director of the Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations  A.M. Medvedev. The facility is designed to simulate the dynamics of microsatellite mock-ups and the study the motion control algorithms. It mimics  the motion (with two translational and one rotational degrees of freedom)  of satellites effected by a torque and linear acceleration produced by on-board actuators.

The facility includes an aerodynamic table equipped with an industrial ventilator to compress the air  and the platforms for the installation of prototypes of microsatellite motion control system.