Small Satellites

Orbital and attitude dynamics and control

Laboratory research

    Microsatellite missions are characterized by rather limited capacity for identification and motion control due to small mass, size, energy resources and computing power of such spacecraft. This should be taken into account when one chooses motion determination and control algorithms, measuring elements and actuators. At the same time small mass and size of the satellites allow to carry out laboratory tests of dynamic models, determination and control algorithms, control system components and even whole satellites in laboratory environment. Therefore our current tasks include dynamics simulation at laboratory facilities, development of laboratory equipment and research methods, testing and measurements processing. The Laboratory for Small Satellites Dynamics and Motion Control at the Keldysh Insitute of Applied Mathematics was set up to solve these problems.