Planar Motion Control of a Cube Satellite Using Cold Gas Thrusters

Christian Lozoya, University of Texas at El Paso


This thesis presents a mathematical model developed for the computational simulation ofCubeSat movement using four thrusters that permit uniaxial translation and rotation. Arbitraryfunctions are fit to boundary conditions to simulate the force, acceleration, velocity, anddisplacement of the CubeSat along a plane. The model is used to derive a motion control algorithmassuming constant pressure and mass. A single model describes both translation and rotation. Thisthesis also explores the relationship between propellant consumption and the time required tocomplete a displacement implied by the model.

Subject Area

Aerospace engineering|Mathematics|Physics

Recommended Citation

Lozoya, Christian, "Planar Motion Control of a Cube Satellite Using Cold Gas Thrusters" (2020). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI28262546.