Abstract

In this chapter we describe representative examples of spacecraft hardware used for both attitude determination and attitude control. Extensive hardware experimentation has taken place over the 20-year history of spaceflight. Although this experimentation and development is still continuing, a variety of basic functional types of attitude hardware have emerged. This chapter describes the physical characteristics and operating principles of a variety of sensors. The mathematical models associated with these sensors are presented in Chapter 7. Additional summaries of attitude hardware are given by Fontana, et al., [1974], Hatcher [1967], and Schmidtbauer, et al., [1973]. A summary of attitude hardware for specific spacecraft is given in Appendix I.

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Permeability Dust Mercury Cobalt Beach 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James R. Wertz
    • 1
  1. 1.Microcosm, Inc.TorranceUSA

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