Micro-Satellite Attitude Determination with Only a Single Horizon Sensor
Academy of Opto-Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
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Through using measurement from only a single horizon sensor, this paper presented a quaternion-based 3-axis attitude determination method, which can be implemented on board micro-satellites and applied over a whole orbital period. Firstly, a description of attitude representation on the quaternion is given. Secondly, a detailed modeling formulation with nadir vector and measurement equations on attitude estimation system is demonstrated. Afterwards, a correction is made to eliminate the estimation error resulted from Earth’s oblateness, and able to further improve the accuracy of the attitude determination algorithm. Finally, a six degree-of-freedom closed-loop simulation is used to validate the accuracy of the attitude determination method given in this paper.
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