Special Issue "Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control"
A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2020).
Attitude determination and control (ADC) systems are one of the key subsystems crucial for the success of any spacecraft mission. Winston Churchill says “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Certainly, “attitude” in our context does not have the same meaning, but what this quote expresses is still true for spacecraft missions. We cannot envision modern spacecraft or expect mission success without a skillfully designed and engineered ADC system. A “few degrees”, which may be insignificant to anyone else, makes a big difference in this context. Such stringent requirements are the main reason for our research, which seeks to improve the performance of ADC systems.
Today we are seeking faster progress in space activities. New mission concepts led by cheap and affordable small satellites are expanding the possibility of space research to more people. As a consequence, spacecraft ADC has become an even more attractive research field. Despite the shrinking sensors and actuators, we need to propose solutions for ADC systems that are as accurate as the ones for larger spacecraft. Interesting problems include, but are not limited to small, highly capable ADC instrumentation enabling the acquisition of high-quality scientific and exploration information, algorithm design to enable higher performance over reasonable mission durations and ADC subsystems and algorithms to operate a swarm of small satellites in constellation.
This Special Issue is focused on highlighting the recent advances in spacecraft ADC with a special interest in the algorithms, methods and system design for small spacecraft. As well as articles proposing novel theories in the field of spacecraft ADC, contributions with practical results for actual missions are very welcomed.
Dr. Halil Ersin Söken
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- attitude control
- attitude determination
- attitude estimation
- control theory
- guidance, navigation and control
- Kalman filter
- nonlinear filtering algorithms
- sensor calibration
- small spacecraft
- system design
- spacecraft dynamics