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ATTITUDE DETERMINATION AND CONTROL SYSTEM (ADCS), SUN SENSOR, AND STAR TRACKER

An ADCS module may be configured to use coordinate data from 2D photodiodes in one or more sun sensors to determine a sun vector. The ADCS module may then use the sun vector in reference to its own body faced (BF) coordinate system to calculate a change in the orientation of the space vehicle. The change in orientation mechanism may be accomplished by reaction wheels, ion thrusters, or other orientation altering mechanisms. A miniature, intelligent star tracker may be included that improves satellite attitude determination and pointing accuracy. An improved reaction wheel assembly may be included that is more robust and suitable for inclusion in small space vehicles.
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Patent Number: 
US2015367966
Patent Issue Date: 
January 24, 2016
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