An efficient method to control the amplitude of the limit cycle in satellite attitude control system

Document Type : Research Article


1 Electrical engineering faculty Amirkabir university of technology

2 Amirkabir University of technology

3 Malek Ashtar University of technology


In this paper, an efficient method is presented to control the attitude of a satellite with ON-OFF actuator. The main objective of this novel method is to control the amplitude of the limit cycle which commonly appears in the steady state of such systems; and at the same time by consideration of real actuator constraints, reduce the fuel consumption of system. The Proposed method is a combination of a command modifier (which based on the set point and the required accuracy of pointing, by means of optimization, calculate the desired limit cycle), a phase plane controller (PPC) and a compensator (to compensate for the real constraints of the actuator). The effectiveness and outperformance of the proposed method is approved in comparison with the previous methods of attitude control problem through the closed loop simulation and the stability and robustness of the closed loop system is fully analyzed and illustrated by simulations.


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