where Kr is the system gain and t is the lead-time constant (see Section 18.1).

Substituting Eq. (18-100) into Eq. (18-97) gives the closed-loop roll/yaw equations as

Ixs2+ Krcos a (« +1) + ha0 hs - ( h + Krr sin a)s - /frsin a Its1+hua

Inverting Eq. (18-101) yields the control block diagram for the roll channel shown in Fig. (18-20). The closed-loop transfer function for this system is

)+ G2(s)£{NEz ) I + K,[zosaGt{s)-smaG2{s)]H(s)G}(s)

Fig. 18-20. Control Block Diagram for CTS Roll Angle 7/(i) = W+l

Thus, the closed-loop poles of the system are the zeros of the characteristic equation

Fig. 18-20. Control Block Diagram for CTS Roll Angle 7/(i) = W+l

Thus, the closed-loop poles of the system are the zeros of the characteristic equation

£(*)=[ Gj (i) ] ~' + A, [ cos aC^i) - sinaC2(i) ]H(s) (18-103)

As the system gain is increased from Kr=0 to Kr= oo, the zeros of {¡(s) migrate from the zeros of [Cj(i)]_l to the zeros of [cosaC,(j)-sinaG2(s)]H(s) which are located at

27,cos a

The roots in Eq. (18-104b) are negative and real provided that tan a>2\fl^ujh

For a high-gain system, the equality in Eq. (18-105) is chosen; this provides the best transient yaw response [Dougherty, et al., 1968].

The steady-state performance of the control system may be obtained by applying the final value theorem (see Appendix F) to Eq. (18-101):

lim s {[ - (h + K,t sin a)j - Kr sin a + (72 s2 + /iw^Z^s)} = limj £ (NEi )

which may be rewritten as

and, hence, for a high-gain system such as thrusters, where Kr»hua,

£(oo) = N^oo)/ Krcosa ycx.)=[Af&(cx.) + tana^£l(oo)]/A«e (18-109)

Equation (18-109) may be used to estimate the system gain, Kr, and angular momentum, h.

18.4 Nutation and Libration Damping

Ashok K. Saxena

A spacecraft undergoes periodic motion if it is disturbed from a stable equilibrium position. For a spin-stabilized spacecraft, this periodic motion is rotational and is known as nutation (Section 15.1), whereas for a gravity-gradient stabilized spacecraft, it is oscillatory and is known as Hbration.

Nutation and libration occur as a result of control or environmental torques, separation from the launch vehicle, or the motion of spacecraft subsystems such as the tilting of experiment platforms or the extension of booms and arrays. Normally, an attempt is made to suppress or damp this motion because it affects the performance of sensors, pointed instruments, and antennas. However, Weiss, et al., [1974] have shown how nutation can be advantageously used to scan the Earth. In such cases, a desired scan motion can be reversed without the use of energy by exciting controlled nutation modes.

Nutation or libration can be damped by passive or active devices. A passive damper is one which does not require attitude sensing, is driven by the motion itself, and dissipates energy. The frequency of the damper is intentionally kept near or equal to the rigid body frequency so that it significantly affects the motion of the spacecraft. An active nutation damper may be used if the initial amplitude of the motion is large, if the damping time of a passive damper is prohibitively long, or if passive damping leads to an undesirable final state (Section 15.2). In such cases, the attitude control system provides the necessary damping torques.

18.4.1 Passive Nutation Damping

As discussed in Sections 15.2 and 16.2, a rigid spacecraft can be stabilized by spinning it about the axis of maximum or minimum moment of inertia, called the major and minor axes, respectively. Nutation occurs if a spacecraft does not spin about a principal axis. Thus, the problem of nutation damping is that of aligning the nominal spin axis with the angular momentum vector by dissipating the excess kinetic energy associated with nutational motion. For a rigid body, this is possible only if the spin axis is the major axis, i.e., the principal axis having the largest moment of inertia. Table 18-3 summarizes the characteristics of several types of passive dampers. Real spacecraft always have some damping and associated energy dissipation. This may be either inherent in the system (structural damping), due to spacecraft components (fuel slosh, heat pipes), or due to the nutation damper hardware. Lord Kelvin [Chatayev, 1961] showed that a body which has been stabilized by gyroscopic means can lose its stability in the presence of dissipative forces. In 1958, Bracewell and Garriott [1958] showed that a slightly flexible spacecraft with no rotors or motors can be spin stabilized only about its major axis. During the course of publication, this result was confirmed when Explorer 1, launched in February 1958, started tumbling in the first orbit because it was spinning about its minor axis. A dual-spin spacecraft with two axisymmetric rotating components can be stabilized about a minor axis in the presence of damping on one of the components [Landon and Stewart, 1964]. In this case, damping in the slower rotating component has a stabilizing effect and overcomes the destabilizing effect of damping in the faster rotating component.

Table 18-3. Representative Passive Nutation Dampers
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