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Microgravity Science and Technology

, Volume 19, Issue 5–6, pp 253–259 | Cite as

Apis experiment during the spanish soyuz mission cervantes

  • A. Laverón-Simavilla
  • V. Lapuerta
  • J. Esteban
  • J. Lloret
  • M. Costa
  • J. J. Fernández
Article

Abstract

The educational experiment APIS, performed during the Cervantes Mission, focused on the behaviour of a rigid body rotating about its centre of mass in the absence of any torque. The rigid body used in the experiment simulated a rotating spacecraft. The objective was to prepare a video for educational purposes to demonstrate the dynamics of solid body rotation and its dependence on the distribution of mass whiting the body (that is, on the structure of inertia tensor structure). In this article the rigid body dynamics are calculated analytically and compared with the experimental results.

Keywords

Rigid Body Spherical Shell Steady Solution Principal Moment Rigid Body Dynamic 
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    A. Laverón, V. Lapuerta: Technical Specification for the Experiment, ESA Doc. Ref: SSM-API-100 (2003)Google Scholar

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© Z-Tec Publishing, Bremen 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Laverón-Simavilla
    • 1
  • V. Lapuerta
    • 1
  • J. Esteban
    • 1
  • J. Lloret
    • 1
  • M. Costa
    • 1
  • J. J. Fernández
    • 1
  1. 1.E.T.S.I.AeronáuticosUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain

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