Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Stuart C. Kramer, PhD
Gregory S. Agnes, PhD
SIMSAT (the SIMulation SATellite) is an AFIT-sponsored program to develop a laboratory-based physical satellite simulator. SIMSAT supports experimentation in areas of attitude control, precision pointing, and vibration suppression. SIMSAT development began with the purchase of a three-axis gas bearing which simulates a torque-free space environment. SIMSAT subsystems provide power, attitude control, telemetry, and structural support to experimental payloads. Project challenges included integration of attitude control software/hardware, high-output power storage devices, remote communications, high-frequency data collection, structural design, and computer display outputs.
DTIC Accession Number
Colebank, James E.; Jones, R. Dan; Pollak, Randall D.; Mannebach, Donald M.; and Nagy, George R., "SIMSAT: A Satellite System Simulator and Experimental Test Bed for Air Force Research" (1999). Theses and Dissertations. 5153.