Development and Experimentation of a CubeSat Magnetic Attitude Control System Testbed

Guglielmo Cervettini, Stefano Pastorelli, Hyeongjun Park, Dae Young Lee, Marcello Romano

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For CubeSats requiring high pointing accuracy and slewing agility, ground-based hardware-in-the-loop simulations are strongly demanded to test and validate spacecraft subsystems and guidance, navigation, and control algorithms. In this article, a magnetic attitude control system (MACS) testbed for a CubeSat is developed utilizing a spherical air bearing and a Helmholtz cage. The design, development, and verification procedure of MACS is presented together with different test scenarios. To generate enough torque with the magnetorquer system in the dynamic testbed, the Helmholtz coil system of the testbed has driven to provide an augmented magnetic field. As an example of experimentation, the B-dot control algorithm was implemented to dissipate the angular momentum of the dynamic MACS testbed. The experimental results were compared with those of the numerical simulations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number
Pages (from-to)1345 - 1350
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2020


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