A Survey of Attitude Error Representations Conference Paper uri icon


  • Several attitude error representations are developed for describing the tracking orien- tation error kinematics. Compact forms of attitude error equation are derived for each case. The attitude error is initially defined as the quaternion (rotation) error between the current and the estimated orientation. The nonlinear kinematic models are valid for arbitrarily large relative rotations and rotation rates. These modes have been developed for supporting the development of nonlinear spacecraft maneuver formulations. All of the kinematic formulations assume that a reference state has been defined. These results are expected to be broadly useful for generalizing extended Kalman filtering formulations. The benefits of paper are discussed. 2012 by Ahmad Bani Younes.

name of conference

  • AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference

published proceedings

  • AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference

author list (cited authors)

  • Younes, A. B., Turner, J., Mortari, D., & Junkins, J.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Younes, Ahmad Bani||Turner, James||Mortari, Daniele||Junkins, John

publication date

  • August 2012