Geomagnetic disturbance effects on satellite attitude estimation

Çilden Güler D. , Kaymaz Z. , Hajiyev C.

ACTA ASTRONAUTICA, cilt.180, ss.701-712, 2021 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 180
  • Basım Tarihi: 2021
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2020.12.044
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.701-712


This study investigates the effects of magnetic disturbances resulting from geospace storms on the satellite attitudes estimated by EKF. It is shown that the increasing levels of geomagnetic activity affect geomagnetic field vectors predicted by IGRF and T89 models. Various sensor combinations including magnetometer, gyroscope, and sun sensor are evaluated for magnetically quiet and active conditions. Errors are calculated for estimated attitude angles and differences were discussed. This study emphasizes on the importance of environmental factors on the satellite attitude determination systems.