Cubeth sensor characterization: Sensor analysis required for a cubesat mission

Stefano Rossi, Anton Ivanov, Gaëtan Burri, Volker Gass, Christine Hollenstein, Markus Rothacher

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Abstract

Swiss Federal Universities of Lausanne and Zurich have initiated a new 1U CubeSat project. The main objective of the CubETH is to demonstrate use of commercial GNSS receivers in space and test Precision Orbit Determination algorithms. One of the key driving requirements is to provide zenith pointing with a 20 degrees of precision and rotation rate less than 2 degree / second, in order to track GNSS constellation satellites. This paper will describe details of Attitude Determination and Control Subsystem (ADCS) based on magnetotorquers, sun sensors, gyros and magnetometers in order to satisfy the science requirements. We will discuss the lessons learned from the ADCS implementation on the first Swiss nanosatellite SwissCube (in operation since 2009) and we present the characterization of the selected sensors in the laboratories of the Ecole Polytechinque Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. The main lesson learned from SwissCube is to establish vigorous testing procedures for all sensors. This paper will present tests set-up and procedures used for the present and the future tests in the laboratories of the Swiss Space Center that take experience from that heritage. We describe the main issues encountered in the preparation of tests set-up, interfaces and procedures to establish the trade-off study for the sensors: static and dynamic characterizations, temperature behaviors and others. We address, as conclusions, the main performances obtained after the three test campaigns done. The paper gives to the CubeSat community a validated and simple process to characterize the sensors for the attitude determination.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2nd IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems, 2014
EditorsFilippo Graziani, Anna D. Guerman, Jean-Michel Contant
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Pages1493-1512
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9780877036173
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Academy of Astronautics Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems, DyCoSS 2014 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 24 Mar 201426 Mar 2014

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume153
ISSN (Print)0065-3438

Conference

Conference2nd International Academy of Astronautics Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems, DyCoSS 2014
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityRome
Period24/03/1426/03/14

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