Study for femto satellites using micro control moment gyroscope

Mark Post, Ralf Bauer, Junquan Li, Regina Lee

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Abstract— Femto-satellites can be used for distributed space missions that can require hundreds to thousands of satellites for real time, distributed, multi-point networks to accomplish remote sensing and science objectives. While suitable sensors are available using micro-electro-mechanical system technology, most femto-satellite designs have no attitude control capability due to the power and size constraints on attitude control actuators. A novel femto-satellite design that uses a micro-electro-mechanical system Control Moment Gyroscope is studied in this paper. We focus on the principal design, modelling, and discussion of the proposed Control Moment Gyroscope while detailing a controllable femto-satellite design that can make use of attitude control for simple sensing missions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781479953806
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2016
Event2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference - Yellowstone Conference Center, Big Sky, Montana, United States
Duration: 5 Mar 201612 Mar 2016


Conference2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Sky, Montana


  • femto-satellites
  • control moment gyroscope
  • micro electro mechanical system


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