In-orbit calibration of attitude determination systems for land-survey micro-satellites

Somov Y., Hacızade C., Butyrin S.

19th IFAC World Congress on International Federation of Automatic Control, IFAC 2014, Cape-Town, South Africa, 24 - 29 August 2014, vol.19, pp.7941-7946 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 19
  • Doi Number: 10.3182/20140824-6-za-1003.01470
  • City: Cape-Town
  • Country: South Africa
  • Page Numbers: pp.7941-7946
  • Keywords: Attitude determination, In-flight calibration, Spacecraft
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Contemporary land-survey micro-satellites have general mass up to 100 kg and are placed on the orbit altitudes from 600 up to 800 km. For such spacecraft some principle problems on attitude determination, in-flight calibration and alignment are considered and elaborated methods are presented for their solving. We present discrete algorithms for calibration and alignment of the low cost strap-down inertial navigation systems with correction by signals from multi-head Sun sensor, magnetic sensor and the GPS/GLONASS satellites.