Fuel requirements for attitude control of large orbiting apertures

by Richard H. Frick

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An analysis of the attitude control fuel requirements for stabilization and control of large apertures in synchronous orbits. The results indicate that the requirements for holding a steady attitude in either pitch or roll are reasonably modest, while maintenance of high-frequency oscillations of the vehicle may result in excessive fuel expenditure. The feasibility of any such system depends on the size of the orbiting vehicle and the attitude variations required for its mission. 50 pp.

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