A comparison of attitude determination methods for small satellites

Celik O., Hacızade C.

6th International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies, RAST 2013, İstanbul, Turkey, 12 - 14 June 2013, pp.261-264 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/rast.2013.6581213
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.261-264
  • Keywords: attitude determination, q-method, small satellites, TRIAD
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper aims a first order comparative study between two different attitude determination methods. Study is accomplished in terms of accuracy and time required for computation. A test case satellite is chosen. Gravity gradient torque is taken into consideration as an external moment. Earth oblateness J2 is taken. Sensors are magnetometer and Sun sensor. © 2013 IEEE.