Summary

The Tensor Tech Attitude Control Calibration & Experiment Platform is a simulation platform that provides a zero-gravity environment on earth for attitude control experiments and to test satellites' attitude control systems.

Three space environmental conditions are simulated; ‘Sunlight’, ‘Earth’s magnetic field’, and ‘near-frictionless 3 degrees of freedom rotation.’

Because the sunlight spectrum above the Earth’s atmosphere is different from sunlight on the ground the solar simulator is equipped adjustable jigs. A 3-axis Helmholtz Cage is provided for cancelling out the local magnetic field and simulating the magnetic field of the targeted orbit.

The system can be used for magnetometer calibration or for testing the performance of magnetorquers.

The spherical air bearing platform provides a nearly frictionless environment for testing attitude actuators, and an onboard processor and gyroscope measure the real-time attitude of the platform for validating the performance of an ADCS.

The video below is a presentation by Tensor Tech from the 2021 satsearch webinar: "a guide to selecting an ADCS for a small satellite mission". For more information about the webinar, and to see footage of the entire event, please click here

Key features

  • A spherical air bearing platform, made with non-magnetic materials, to simulate 3DOF motion in space
  • A 3-axis magnetic cage to simulate Earth's magnetic field in space
  • Sunlight source and darkroom to simulate sun in space
  • The system utilizes a "hardware in the loop" setup
  • A 3-axis Helmholtz Cage with jigs included for co-working with the platform

Customizations

The air bearing platform includes the spherical air bearing, attitude measurement unit, and necessary jigs for conducting experiments. The following items are optional enhancements for application-specific analysis:

  • Air Bearing Platform
  • 3-axis Helmholtz Cage
  • Solar Simulator
  • Mass properties measurement software

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Last updated: 2022-05-25

Attitude Control Calibration & Experiment Platform

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