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CubeSat Attitude Determination via Kalman Filtering of Magnetometer and Solar Cell Data

  title={CubeSat Attitude Determination via Kalman Filtering of Magnetometer and Solar Cell Data},
  author={Erik Babcock},
Attitude determination options are limited on a CubeSat due to power, mass, and volume constraints. This report documents the design and implementation of an extended Kalman filter (EKF) for attitude estimation using three-axis magnetometer and two-axis solar cell measurements. The motivation for such a system is to utilize sensors already present on most CubeSats, namely three-axis magnetometers for active magnetic detumbling and four faces of solar cell arrays for power generation. The system… Expand

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