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Simultaneous spacecraft attitude and orbit estimation using magnetic field vector measurements

Mohammad Abdelrahman, Mohammad Ibraheem and Park, Sang-Young (2011) Simultaneous spacecraft attitude and orbit estimation using magnetic field vector measurements. Aerospace Science and Technology, 15 (8). pp. 653-669. ISSN 1270-9638

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Based on magnetometer measurements only, three-axis attitude, rate, and orbit estimation are successfully achieved. A single Augmented Dynamics Extended Kalman Filter (ADEKF) is configured by combining the spacecraft nonlinear attitude dynamics and quaternion kinematics with orbital mechanics. The filter design is adopted for three-axis stabilized spacecraft in low Earth orbits where the aerodynamic drag is the dominant source of disturbances in addition to the spacecraft magnetic residuals. To reduce the computational burden, another Interlaced Extended Kalman Filter (IEKF) is developed to uncouple the attitude/rate from the orbit dynamics. Both filters are implemented using the magnetometer measurements and their corresponding time derivatives. As a part of EgyptSat-1 flight scenario, detumbling and standby modes are used for performance testing of the ADEKF. The concept of local observability is applied to the basic filter and the stability is investigated by incorporating extensive Monte Carlo simulations with uniformly distributed initial conditions. The filter shows the capability of estimating the attitude better than 5 deg and rate of order 0.03 deg/s in each axis. In orbit estimation, the filter is capable of estimating the position with accuracy less than 8 km and velocity upto 5 m/s in each axis.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6540/8582
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spacecraft attitude and rate estimation Interlaced Extended Kalman Filtering Magnetometer Orbit estimation
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics > TL787 Astronautics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Dr. Mohammad Abdelrahman
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2011 15:31
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2011 17:03
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/8582

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