Spin stabilization design and testing of the Van Allen Probes

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Abstract
This paper describes the design decisions taken and the mass properties tracking and testing flow chosen for the Van Allen Probes spacecraft and their deployable systems to achieve the coning angle requirements. Topics include a list of major requirements, a brief description of the error budget, a description of the tracking process of the spacecraft mass properties prior to test, a description of the spin balance and mass properties testing of the spacecraft core and deployable systems, and a presentation of the final mass properties and coning angle calculations of the fully deployed observatories. Launched August 30, 2012, the observed on-orbit, fully deployed configuration coning angles met the requirements, validating the spin balance and mass properties tracking, testing, and calculation methods chosen for the Van Allen Probes mission.
Year of Publication
2014
Date Published
03/2014
Publisher
IEEE
Conference Location
Big Sky, MT, USA
URL
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/lpdocs/epic03/wrapper.htm?arnumber=6836234
DOI
10.1109/AERO.2014.6836234