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Master of Science in Space Systems


Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

First Advisor

Jonathan T. Black, PhD


This thesis examines the slewing and attitude determination requirements for the Chromotomographic Experiment (CTEX), a chromotomographic-based hyperspectral imager, to be mounted on-board the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) External Facility (EF). The in-track slewing requirement is driven by the facts that CTEx has a very small field of view (FOV) and is required to collect 10 seconds of data for any given collection window. The need to slew in the cross-track direction is a product of the small FOV and target/calibration site access. CTEx incorporates a two-axis slow-steering dwell mirror with a range of ± 8 degrees and an accuracy of 10 arcseconds in each axis to slew the FOV. The inherent inaccuracy in the knowledge of the International Space Station's (ISS) attitude (± 3 degrees) poses significant complications in accurately pointing CTEx even with more accurate (0.3 degrees) attitude information provided by the JEM. The desire is for CTEx to incorporate a star tracker with 1 arcsecond accuracy to determine attitude without reliance on outside sources.

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