14-16 October 2019
Athens Conservatoire
Europe/Athens timezone

Lessons learned by development of UPSat Attitude Determination and Control Subsystem

15 Oct 2019, 16:20
Athens Conservatoire

Athens Conservatoire

Vasileos Georgiou B 17-19, Athina 106 75, Greece
Talk Development, Testing, and Lessons Learned Talks


Mr Agis Zisimatos (Libre Space Foundation)





Lessons learned by development of UPSat Attitude Determination and Control Subsystem\

% Author names and affiliations
Agis Zisimatos$^1$\


$^1$ Libre Space Foundation\



The purpose of this talk is to present the lessons
that learned form development of open-source CubeSat subsystem,
the Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) of UPSat.
The presentation is divided into three parts, the architecture
of the ADCS, the known problems and the results of life in orbit.

The ADCS is responsible to compute the pose of CubeSat and to
control, usually, the rotation of it. In order to do the above
functions, it uses sensors and actuators. The specifications that
achieved by the UPSat is 15\degree pointing accuracy, knowledge
accuracy of 5\degree and the CubeSat recovered from tip-off
rates of up to 10\degree/sec within 2 days.

Before the UPSat get in orbit, known issues in firmware and
hardware existed. The biggest of all was about the Global
Positioning System (GPS). The GPS wasn't fixed the position
in test campaign. This issue has led to the determination
algorithm hasn't worked properly. Other firmware issues
are presented, such as the counter that measured the number
of resets of ADCS. Also the test campaign didn't contain test
for control algorithm due to limiting time of development. For
the same reason a non open-source software used for simulation
of the system.

When the UPSat was in orbit, limited extended Whole Orbit Data
(WOD) was received. Using these data we conclude that the sensors
have worked properly, the ADCS has time synchronization with On-Board
Computer (OBC) and part of control algorithm worked. Due to GPS
issue the determination algorithm and pointing controller didn't
give the right results.

Last but not least, this presentation is an open-call for
open-source software and hardware development of testing
tools for ADCS.

To conclude, this talk summarize the success and the failure
of the ADCS, a process that is valuable for the open-source

Primary author

Mr Agis Zisimatos (Libre Space Foundation)

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