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  • Air-bearing attitude
  • Air-bearing attitude frictionless satellite
  • spacecraft simulator air bearing
  • frictionless attitude simulator

List of references[edit | edit source]

G. Allan Smith, "DYNAMIC SIMULATORS FOR TEST OF SPACE VEHICLE ATTITUDE CONTROL SYSTEMS", NASA - Langley Research Center, 1964[edit | edit source]

  • overview in the early era of space technology
  • basic equations of physical models and lists several relevant physical effects

Richard Boynton, "Using A Spherical Air Bearing To Simulate Weightlessness", 55th Annual Conference of the Society of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc., 1996[edit | edit source]

  • contains comparison with drop tests
  • written in a pretty informal way, also makes some bold statements without elaboration
  • no references
  • in a way, this is a product presentation for Space Electronics Inc.
  • precision and tolerances info can be useful, though maybe their importance is a bit inflated

B. Kim, E. Velenis, P. Kriengsiri, and P. Tsiotras, “A spacecraft simulator for research and education”, in Proceedings of the AIAA/AAS astrodynamics specialists conference, 897–914, 2001[edit | edit source]

  • detailed explanation of one system
  • lists MOI identification methods and shows one in use, with good equation derivations
  • characterization of reaction wheels included
  • some info about filtering

Jana L. Schwartz, Mason A. Peck, Christopher D. Hall, "Historical Review of Air-Bearing Spacecraft Simulators", Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 26(4), 513-522, 2003[edit | edit source]

  • historical survey
  • linear, rotational, hybrid and manned simulators
  • good to see range of capabilities for various platforms

Cho S, Shen J, Mcclamroch NH. "Mathematical Models for the Triaxial Attitude Control Testbed", Mathematical and Computer Modelling of Dynamical Systems. 9(2), 165–92, 2003[edit | edit source]

  • plenty of equations for various cases

Jung D, Tsiotras P, "A 3-DoF Experimental Test-Bed for Integrated Attitude Dynamics and Control Research", 2003[edit | edit source]

  • similar to (Kim 2001)
  • detailed model of RW
  • more estiamtion of MOI

Schwartz JL, Hall CD. "The distributed spacecraft attitude control system simulator: development, progress, plans" NASA Space Flight Mechanics Symposium, Greenbelt, MD, 2003[edit | edit source]

  • presents two types of platform setups, using bases from space electronics
  • software libraries shortly mentioned
  • lists a number of experiments planned to be done with it

Schwartz JL, Hall CD. "System identification of a spherical air-bearing spacecraft simulator", AAS Paper 122, 2004[edit | edit source]

  • same system as in (Schwartz 2003)
  • system equations
  • three methods of MOI identification presented
  • analysis of methods performance and how they are affected by noises

Prado J, Bisiacchi G, Reyes L, Vicente E, Contreras F, Mesinas M, et al, "[ Three-axis air-bearing based platform for small satellite attitude determination and control simulation]", Journal of Applied Research and Technology, 3(3), 222–237, 2005[edit | edit source]

  • gives overview of another air-bearing setup, dimensions included
  • two MOI estimation methods described

Kim JJ, Agrawal BN. "Automatic Mass Balancing of Air-Bearing-Based Three-Axis Rotational Spacecraft Simulator", Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 32(3), 1005–1017, 2009[edit | edit source]

  • estimation of COG
  • platform equipped with mass balancer, that can automatically readjust COG if satellite structure permits its dislocation

Rossini L, Onillon E, Chetelat O, Allegranza C. "Electromagnetic force simulations on a reaction sphere for satellite attitude control", COMSOL Conference, 2010[edit | edit source]

  • alternative to air-bearing
  • can be interesting for a contrast

Gallardo, D., Bevilacqua, R., Rasmussen, R., "Advances on a 6 Degrees of Freedom Testbed for Autonomous Satellites Operations", American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2011[edit | edit source]

  • presents a platform with 6 DOF, where even the translational vertical is frictionless

Ustrzycki, Tyler, Regina Lee, and Hugh Chesser, “Spherical Air Bearing Attitude Control Simulator for Nanosatellites”, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2011[edit | edit source]

  • 3 DOF platform that supports mounting of the CubeSats
  • manual COG balancing

Woo, Hyunwook, Octavio Rico, Simone Chesi, and Marcello Romano, “CubeSat Three Axis Simulator(CubeTAS)”, AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference. Guidance, Navigation, and Control and Co-Located Conferences. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2011[edit | edit source]

  • small platform for CubeSats, but actually not having a CubeSat
  • automatic COG balancing
  • helmholtz coils

Gavrilovich, Irina, Sébastien Krut, Marc Gouttefarde, François Pierrot, and Laurent Dusseau, “Test Bench For Nanosatellite Attitude Determination And Control System Ground Tests”, Small Satellites Systems and Services Symposium, 2014[edit | edit source]

  • two CubeSat frictionless platform ideas quite different than in other older articles
  • one is without air-bearing, but introduces automatic torque compensation, with nice analysis of its performance
  • second gives a radical approach, with a minimal satellite container, which in theory provides full 3 DOF and minimal parasitic MOI additions, however it seems to be very challenging to realize in practice

Kwan, T. H., K. M. B. Lee, J. Yan, and X. Wu, “An Air Bearing Table for Satellite Attitude Control Simulation”, IEEE 10th Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA), 1420–1425, 2015[edit | edit source]

  • gives overview of a platform meant for CubeSats with automatic balancing
  • design aspects similar to those in early articles, but with smaller dimensions
  • uses UKF for MOI and CG estimation

Gavrilovich, Irina, Sébastien Krut, Marc Gouttefarde, François Pierrot, and Laurent Dusseau, “INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO USE AIR BEARINGS IN CUBESAT GROUND TESTS”, Small Satellites, System & Services (4S) Symposium 2016, 2016[edit | edit source]

  • contains mathematical model and simulation results of the second idea from (Gavrilovich 2014)
  • one air bearing element has been equipped with the spring as well
  • contains air bearing stiffness model

Culton, Eryn, and King, “Design and Development of an Unrestricted Satellite Motion Simulator” 31 st Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, 2017[edit | edit source]

  • full spherical platform for CubeSats
  • interesting approach with porous static part of air bearing, instead of regular that have only several outlets
  • automatic COG and MOI calibrations, possibility to simulate big range of MOI configurations with moveable weights and applying scaling factors to the output control
  • imprecise manufacturing prevented unrestricted motion
  • one of the goals was to provide cost effective solution

Sternberg, David C., Christopher Pong, Nuno Filipe, Swati Mohan, Shawn Johnson, and Laura Jones-Wilson, “Jet Propulsion Laboratory Small Satellite Dynamics Testbed Simulation: On-Orbit Performance Model Validation”, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 1–13, 2017[edit | edit source]

  • presents a 6 DOF platform
  • includes analysis of air bearing frictions, Couette dissipation
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