On single-wheel configured spacecraft and the attitude stability revisited

Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi, Akifumi Kitajima, Osamu Mori, Kenichi Shirakawa

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This paper presents what the Hayabusa spacecraft experienced when it restarted the three axis stabilization. Due to the loss of two wheels aboard and also due to the loss of fuel, the primary axis of inertia of the spacecraft was tilted offset to the geometrical axis. The instability was observed unexpectedly since there was little thought about the instability associated with the single wheel system. The results can be applied for other spacecraft. The flight results are shown as well.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpace Flight Mechanics 2008 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event18th Annual Space Flight Mechanics Meeting - Galveston, TX, United States
Duration: 2008 Jan 272008 Jan 31

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume130 PART 1
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


Conference18th Annual Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityGalveston, TX

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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