A New Method for Simulating the Attitude Dynamics of Passively Magnetically Stabilized Spacecraft

@inproceedings{Burton2012ANM,
title={A New Method for Simulating the Attitude Dynamics of Passively Magnetically Stabilized Spacecraft},
author={Roland Burton and Joseph A. Starek and Stephen J. Rock},
year={2012}
}

There is a desire to accurately simulate the transient behavior of such passively magnetically stabilized spacecraft both during the initial post separation phase and when subjected to disturbances during the mission. Initial post separation tumbling rates can be of the order of several degrees a second requiring integration time steps of less than a second to preserve numerical accuracy. As spacecraft are typically lightly damped, this post separation de-tumbling phase can take several days to… CONTINUE READING