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Tim Trent (tjt11)
Thomas Searle (ts117)
Chris Bradley (cb234)
Chris Deeks (cd122)
Chris Powell (cejp1)
Eralp Ertekun (ee59)
Our current attitude determination system has two main components:
- A 3-axis magnetic sensor
- A software based sun sensor using the solar panels.
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We do not plan to include any active or passive attitude control systems.
The approximate orbital parameters of our satellite will be given by our launch provider. Once in orbit, PLUME's exact flightpath will be tracked by NORAD. When PLUME is first released from the PPOD, it will listen constantly for a transmission from our ground stations containing the NORAD data that will tell its exact orbit. The satellite will be able to determine its attitude from a comparison of local magnetic field readings with a simulated field model produced by the computer.
The purpose of the system is to allow the satellite to determine its orientation in space to let it tell where the camera is pointing; it will also help to identify when the primary experiment is 'wake pointing', which will affect the frequency of collision events.
Of the two subsystems, the magnetic sensor is the closest to completion and the sun sensor device's preliminary design has been determined.