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Design and implementation of attitude determination algorithm for the Cubesat UWE-3
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This master thesis project describes the design, simulation and implementation of Attitude Determination System for University of Würzburg Experimental Satellite UWE-3. Following the success of the Cubesat program at University Würzburg and considering the objectives of future space missions there is an imminent need for a highly precise attitude determination system. The objective of this thesis work is the realization of such a highly precise attitude determination system which can lay a foundation for accomplishing complex space oriented tasks for future missions at University of Würzburg. This report investigates various attitude estimation methods and presents a software model for the implementation of these attitude estimation methods. These software models are then simulated and verified and based on the simulation results, the best attitude estimation method is selected which is ideally suited to the project needs and requirements. After choosing the best attitude estimation method an analysis on potential hardware platforms is done. Several hardware platforms and design techniques are studied, simulated and evaluated for most feasible hardware platform, which is best suited for a Picosatellite mission. After the analysis a single hardware platform is recommended for the on board implementation of the attitude determination algorithm. Finally some future work and extension to the work is outlined.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, Picosatellite, attitude determination, UWE-3
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-53375ISRN: LTU-PB-EX--10/016--SELocal ID: a66000ad-29fa-45f8-9404-55ca723505a5OAI: diva2:1026749
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Space Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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