[amsat-bb] Re: Kick motors on Oscars: How does attitude control work?

Joe Fitzgerald jfitzgerald at alum.wpi.edu
Sun Sep 22 19:22:11 PDT 2013

On 9/22/2013 4:19 PM, Burns Fisher wrote:
>   I would not think that electromagnets
> operating against the earth's magnetic field would have enough power with
> such a large motor.

The electromagnets had some "oomph"  I seem to remember the engineering 
beacon moving in frequency slightly when they switched on ... I don't 
remember if it was because of a sag on the DC bus, or the magnetic field 
affecting the tuned circuits of the transmitter.

But you bring up important points,  if we are to do orbit adjustments, 
we need to do attitude determination and control in addition to getting 
a motor aboard.  No easy feat in a 3U cubesat!

-Joe KM1P

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