Analysis of Spinning Spacecraft with Wire Booms Part 2: Out-of-Plane Dynamics and Maneuvers

TitleAnalysis of Spinning Spacecraft with Wire Booms Part 2: Out-of-Plane Dynamics and Maneuvers
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMcGee, TG, Shankar, UJ, Kemp, BL
Conference NameAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference
Date Published08/2009
KeywordsRBSP; Van Allen Probes
AbstractAn analysis of the dynamics for a spin stabilized spacecraft consisting of a rigid central hub with four long exible wire booms is presented. The analysis focuses on the dynamics out of the spin plane of the spacecraft. Companion papers will focus on the derivations of the full nonlinear dynamics and analysis of the in plane dynamics. A linear analysis is used to estimate the mode shapes of the free response of the system, the e ects of various damping mechanisms on these modes, and the dynamic response of the system to various maneuvers. The results of an independent simulation of the full nonlinear dynamics of the system are also provided to support the linear analysis. While the dynamics and analysis approach presented can be applied to the general class of spin stabilized spacecraft having multiple exible wire booms, the numeric parameters studied represent those of the satellites from the Radiation Belt Storm Probe (RBSP) mission. The mission, part of NASA's Living With a Star Geospace Program, will launch two Earth-orbiting spacecraft to investigate how populations of relativistic electrons and ions in the region known as the Radiation Belts are formed and change in response to variable inputs of energy from the Sun.

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