Attitude Control

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attitude control

[′ad·ə‚tüd kən‚trōl]
(aerospace engineering)
The regulation of the attitude of an aircraft, spacecraft, and so on.
A device or system that automatically regulates and corrects attitude, especially of a pilotless vehicle.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Attitude Control


control of the angular motion of a spacecraft on free-flight legs—that is, the process of imparting to the craft’s axes a certain position with respect to given directions. Systems that accomplish this task (attitude-control systems) operate under conditions of small disturbing moments that act on the spacecraft. This makes possible the use in such systems of a number of principles and devices that are not used in other spacecraft control systems.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The other areas they cover are attitude determination, trajectory optimization, spacecraft dynamics, spacecraft autonomy, estimation, mission design, guidance and control, attitude dynamics and control, dynamics and perturbations, orbital debris and space environment, satellite constellations, dynamics: models, orbit determination, spacecraft relative motion, asteroid and non-Earth orbiting missions, space situational awareness, spacecraft rendezvous, and navigation.
Spacecraft attitude dynamics and control. (reprint, 1991) (CD-ROM included)
Among the discussions are dynamical systems and trajectory design, orbital dynamics and estimation, launch and reentry operations, asteroid and cometary missions, attitude determination and sensors, low-thrust trajectory design, astrodynamic innovation and data sharing, small body proximity operations, spacecraft guidance and control, astrodynamics techniques, CubeSat and NanoSat missions, flight mechanics aspects of the LADEE Mission, attitude dynamics and control, orbit determination, and dynamics and control of large space structures and tethers.

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