Due to their low size, mass, development cost and time, nanosatellites have become an increasingly popular tool at universities for providing students with hands-on experience in aerospace education. Among spacecraft subsystems, the attitude determination and control one surely represents a fruitful resource for practicing aerospace control applications. To enable on-ground verification of spacecraft attitude control hardware and software, however, the biggest challenge to overcome is that of providing a representative testing environment. Towards this end, at the µ3S laboratory at the University of Bologna a dynamic hardware in the loop facility has been developed, which allows for testing attitude control subsystems of nanosatellites in the range of 1U to 3U, according to the CubeSat form factor. This paper describes the educational impact that the facility has been having, during both its development and commissioning phases, as well as its early use as a testbed for CubeSats attitude control, which is currently focused on magnetic-based actuation.

Nanosatellite-class dynamic attitude simulator for hands-on aerospace control education

Modenini D.;Bahu A.;Tortora P.
2021

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Due to their low size, mass, development cost and time, nanosatellites have become an increasingly popular tool at universities for providing students with hands-on experience in aerospace education. Among spacecraft subsystems, the attitude determination and control one surely represents a fruitful resource for practicing aerospace control applications. To enable on-ground verification of spacecraft attitude control hardware and software, however, the biggest challenge to overcome is that of providing a representative testing environment. Towards this end, at the µ3S laboratory at the University of Bologna a dynamic hardware in the loop facility has been developed, which allows for testing attitude control subsystems of nanosatellites in the range of 1U to 3U, according to the CubeSat form factor. This paper describes the educational impact that the facility has been having, during both its development and commissioning phases, as well as its early use as a testbed for CubeSats attitude control, which is currently focused on magnetic-based actuation.
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