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1 online resource (xv, 486 pages) : illustrations (some color).
  • Attitude Determination and Estimation
  • Matrices, Vectors, Frames, Transforms
  • Rotational Kinematics and Dynamics
  • Sensors and Actuators
  • Static Attitude Determination Methods
  • Filtering for Attitude Determination
  • Attitude Control.
This book explores topics that are central to the field of spacecraft attitude determination and control. The authors provide rigorous theoretical derivations of significant algorithms accompanied by a generous amount of qualitative discussions of the subject matter. The book documents the development of the important concepts and methods in a manner accessible to practicing engineers, graduate-level engineering students and applied mathematicians. It includes detailed examples from actual mission designs to help ease the transition from theory to practice, and also provides prototype algorithms that are readily available on the author's website. Subject matter includes both theoretical derivations and practical implementation of spacecraft attitude determination and control systems. It provides detailed derivations for attitude kinematics and dynamics, and provides detailed description of the most widely used attitude parameterization, the quaternion. This title alsoprovides a thorough treatise of attitude dynamics including Jacobian elliptical functions. It is the first known book to provide detailed derivations and explanations of state attitude determination, and gives readers real-world examples from actual working spacecraft missions. The subject matter is chosen to fill the void of existing textbooks and treatises, especially in state and dynamics attitude determination. MATLAB code of all examples will be provided through an external website.
1 online resource (XVIII, 858 pages).
  • I
  • Background
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Attitude Geometry
  • 3. Summary of Orbit Properties and Terminology
  • 4. Modeling the Earth
  • 5. Modeling the Space Environment
  • II
  • Attitude Hardware and Data Acquisition
  • 6. Attitude Hardware
  • 7. Mathematical Models of Attitude Hardware
  • 8. Data Transmission and Preprocessing
  • 9. Data Validation and Adjustment
  • III
  • Attitude Determination
  • 10. Geometrical Basis of Attitude Determination
  • 11. Single-Axis Attitude Determination Methods
  • 12. Three-Axis Attitude Determination Methods
  • 13. State Estimation Attitude Determination Methods
  • 14. Evaluation and Use of State Estimators
  • IV
  • Attitude Dynamics and Control
  • 15. Introduction to Attitude Dynamics and Control
  • 16. Attitude Dynamics
  • 17. Attitude Prediction
  • 18. Attitude Stabilization
  • 19. Attitude Maneuver Control
  • V
  • Mission Support
  • 20. Software System Development
  • 21. Software System Structure
  • 22. Discussion
  • VI
  • Appendices
  • Appendix A
  • Spherical Geometry
  • Appendix B
  • Construction of Global Geometry Plots
  • Appendix C
  • Matrix and Vector Algebra
  • Appendix D
  • Quaternions
  • Appendix E
  • Coordinate Transformations
  • Appendix F
  • The Laplace Transform
  • Appendix G
  • Spherical Harmonics
  • Appendix H
  • Magnetic Field Models
  • Appendix I
  • Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control Systems
  • Appendix J
  • Time Measurement Systems
  • Appendix K
  • Metric Conversion Factors
  • Appendix L
  • Solar System Constants
  • Appendix M
  • Fundamental Physical Constants.
Roger D. Werking Head, Attitude Determination and Control Section National Aeronautics and Space Administration/ Goddard Space Flight Center Extensiye work has been done for many years in the areas of attitude determination, attitude prediction, and attitude control. During this time, it has been difficult to obtain reference material that provided a comprehensive overview of attitude support activities. This lack of reference material has made it difficult for those not intimately involved in attitude functions to become acquainted with the ideas and activities which are essential to understanding the various aspects of spacecraft attitude support. As a result, I felt the need for a document which could be used by a variety of persons to obtain an understanding of the work which has been done in support of spacecraft attitude objectives. It is believed that this book, prepared by the Computer Sciences Corporation under the able direction of Dr. James Wertz, provides this type of reference. This book can serve as a reference for individuals involved in mission planning, attitude determination, and attitude dynamics; an introductory textbook for stu dents and professionals starting in this field; an information source for experimen ters or others involved in spacecraft-related work who need information on spacecraft orientation and how it is determined, but who have neither the time nor the resources to pursue the varied literature on this subject; and a tool for encouraging those who could expand this discipline to do so, because much remains to be done to satisfy future needs.