AstroBio CubeSat is a mission funded by the Italian Space Agency aimed at validating novel lab-on-chip technology, that would enable the use of micro- and nanosatellites as autonomous orbiting laboratories for research in astrobiology. This 3U CubeSat is equipped with a passive magnetic attitude control system (PMACS), including permanent magnets and hysteresis strips, which allows for stabilizing the spacecraft with the longitudinal axis in the direction of the geomagnetic field vector. This work presents the process followed for the experimental characterization of the system, performed on the engineering unit of the satellite by using a Helmholtz cage facility and a spherical air-bearing to recreate environmental conditions similar to the ones experienced during the orbital motion. The hysteresis strips are characterized starting from the determination of the hysteresis loop, from which the energy dissipation per cycle and the apparent magnetic permeability are extracted. Tests performed by using the Helmholtz cage and the air-bearing facility allows for further investigating the damping torque produced by the PMACS and validating the abovementioned parameters. Numerical analysis is then used to select the number of permanent magnets which allows for achieving a pointing accuracy within an error of 10° within 24 h from the deployment. The analysis of the flight data supports the results obtained from the experimental test campaigns, confirming the effectiveness of the proposed methods and of the PMACS design.

Characterization and Testing of the Passive Magnetic Attitude Control System for the 3U AstroBio CubeSat / Carletta, S.; Nascetti, A.; Gosikere Matadha, S. S.; Iannascoli, L.; Baratto de Albuquerque, T.; Maipan Davis, N.; Schirone, L.; Impresario, G.; Pirrotta, S.; Brucato, J. R.. - In: AEROSPACE. - ISSN 2226-4310. - 9:11(2022), pp. 1-16. [10.3390/aerospace9110723]

Characterization and Testing of the Passive Magnetic Attitude Control System for the 3U AstroBio CubeSat

Carletta S.;Nascetti A.;Gosikere Matadha S. S.;Iannascoli L.;Baratto de Albuquerque T.;Maipan Davis N.;Schirone L.;
2022

Abstract

AstroBio CubeSat is a mission funded by the Italian Space Agency aimed at validating novel lab-on-chip technology, that would enable the use of micro- and nanosatellites as autonomous orbiting laboratories for research in astrobiology. This 3U CubeSat is equipped with a passive magnetic attitude control system (PMACS), including permanent magnets and hysteresis strips, which allows for stabilizing the spacecraft with the longitudinal axis in the direction of the geomagnetic field vector. This work presents the process followed for the experimental characterization of the system, performed on the engineering unit of the satellite by using a Helmholtz cage facility and a spherical air-bearing to recreate environmental conditions similar to the ones experienced during the orbital motion. The hysteresis strips are characterized starting from the determination of the hysteresis loop, from which the energy dissipation per cycle and the apparent magnetic permeability are extracted. Tests performed by using the Helmholtz cage and the air-bearing facility allows for further investigating the damping torque produced by the PMACS and validating the abovementioned parameters. Numerical analysis is then used to select the number of permanent magnets which allows for achieving a pointing accuracy within an error of 10° within 24 h from the deployment. The analysis of the flight data supports the results obtained from the experimental test campaigns, confirming the effectiveness of the proposed methods and of the PMACS design.
2022
AstroBio CubeSat; passive magnetic attitude control; Helmholtz cage; ADCS; experimental testing
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Characterization and Testing of the Passive Magnetic Attitude Control System for the 3U AstroBio CubeSat / Carletta, S.; Nascetti, A.; Gosikere Matadha, S. S.; Iannascoli, L.; Baratto de Albuquerque, T.; Maipan Davis, N.; Schirone, L.; Impresario, G.; Pirrotta, S.; Brucato, J. R.. - In: AEROSPACE. - ISSN 2226-4310. - 9:11(2022), pp. 1-16. [10.3390/aerospace9110723]
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