Magnetic Attitude Control System for Dual-Spin Satellites Academic Article uri icon


  • A closed-loop control law is developed for a dual-spin satellite control system which utilizes the interaction of the geomagnetic field with the satellite dipole parallel to the spin axis. The control law consists of the linear combination of the pitch axis component of the rate of change of the geomagnetic field and the product of the roll angle and roll axis component of the geomagnetic field. Application of the method of multiple time scales yields approximate solutions for the feedback gains in terms of the system parameters. Approximate solutions are also obtained for the response of the system to disturbance torques. A comparison of the approximate solutions and numerical solutions obtained by numerical integration of the exact equations of motion is then given. 1975 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • AIAA Journal

author list (cited authors)


citation count

  • 42

complete list of authors


publication date

  • June 1975