This paper proposes a control law that stabilizes a momentum transfer maneuver using multiwheels, which provides an analytical proof via Lyapunov’s direct method. Since an open-loop transfer sometimes causes divergent and large nutation motion, especially when a minor to major axis transfer is attempted, the closed-loop scheme is discussed here. This paper also points out equilibrium “singular states” which may occur not only in open loop but also in a closed-loop momentum transfer, from which no evasive path can be found. This paper provides sufficient conditions by which both divergent behavior and singular states can be circumvented by appropriately selecting the control law proposed here or by use of inertia properties of the spacecraft. This may be the most distinct feature of a closed-loop transfer utilizing multiwheels vs conventional open-loop schemes. This paper shows that neither the open-loop method nor closed-loop control with a single wheel system avoids these undesirable phenomena. The proposed control scheme with four wheels is numerically demonstrated to improve significantly the transfer behavior and exclude any singular state occurrence.
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