The development of Sun and Nadir sensors for a solar sail CubeSat

Loubser, Hanco Evert (2011-03)

Thesis (MScEng (Electrical and Electronic Engineering))--University of Stellenbosch, 2011.

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This thesis describes the development of attitude sensors required for the Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) for a Cubesat. The aim is to find the most suitable sensors for use on a small picosatellite by implementing miniaturised sensors with available commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. Specifically, the algorithms, hardware prototypes, software and filters required to create accurate sensors to determine the 3-axis orientation of a CubeSat are discussed.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Hierdie tesis beskryf die ontwikkeling van oriëntasiesensors wat benodig word vir die oriëntasiebepaling en -beheerstelsel (Engels: ADCS) van ’n CubeSat. Die doelwit is om sensors te vind wat die geskikste is om in ’n klein picosatelliet te gebruik, deur miniatuursensors met kommersiële maklik verkrygbare tegnologie (Engels: COTS technology) te implementeer. Daar word in die bespreking veral aandag geskenk aan die algoritmes, hardewareprototipes, programmatuur en filters wat benodig word om akkurate sensors te skep wat op hul beurt 3-as oriëntasie van die CubeSat kan bepaal.

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