A method to analyze the stability of satellites flying in low Earth orbits is presented. Starting from the classical rotational equations of motion, including gravity gradient, the influence of aerodynamic torques is studied both in the pitch and rollÃ¢Â€Â“yaw axes. Applying concepts used to assess aircraft stability, such as stability derivatives, several ideas and recommendations are presented. The work aims to link geometrical properties with attitude response, providing a way to design satellites that actively takes into account environmental torques, either by minimizing them or by utilizing them to meet mission goals.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics|
|Early online date||4 Jan 2016|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2016|