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A set of three orthogonally aligned torque rods wired up so they can generate a magnetic dipole field of either sign (i.e. flip the North and South. Magnetic Torquers. These devices interact with the Earth’s magnetic field and create control torque, which can be adjusted to the required value. Combined with. In this work the issue of acceleration disturbances onboard of GRACE due to magnetic torquers is investigated and discussed. Each of the.

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Magnetic Torquer VMT – VECTRONIC Aerospace

This means that the magnetorquer will have to be continuously operated, and at a power level which is enough to counter the resistive forces present. Sign up using Email and Password.

Mathematically, the torque is provided in the direction of:.

That said, the field is weak, so the actual torque produced by torque rods is very small. Equating the control torque with the rigid-body rotational equations of motion: Email Required, but never shown. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered.

The magnetic dipole generated by the magnetorquer is expressed by the formula:. This means as the spacecraft orbits the Earth it encounters a diversity of Earth magnetic field orientations and in general the time-averaged effect of this field diversity enables full 3-axis jagnetic.

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This artificial field interacts with the Earth’s ,agnetic field to produce a net external torque on the vehicle that will tend to line up the fields.

As long as current is passing through the coils and the spacecraft has not yet been stabilized in a fixed orientation with respect to the external field, the craft’s spinning will continue.


What is the math behind Magnetorquers? The full analysis will be easier to apply by magneic one magnetorquer at a time, but I’m going to assume that their torque lines up with the rotational vectors reasonably well, allowing for all of them to be handled. A broader disadvantage magnftic the dependence on Earth’s magnetic field strength, making this approach unsuitable for deep space missions, and also more suitable for low Earth orbits as opposed to higher ones like the geosynchronous. Any spinning satellite made of a conductive material will lose rotational momentum in Earth’s magnetic field due to generation of eddy currents in its body and the corresponding braking force proportional to its spin rate.

I know that even if you have 3 axis of magnetic torquers, in effect there is only 2 axis of control, and I’m trying to figure out how all of this works tkrquers. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google.

A set of three orthogonally aligned torque rods wired up so they can generate a magnetuc dipole field of either sign i.

Mathematically, the torque is provided in the direction of: Math is very frequently helpful in spaceflight. Views Read Edit View history. Proof of the ineffectiveness of torque rods in the absence of magnetic field diversity Torque rods rely on the change in direction of the Earth’s magnetic field, which is especially problematic in equatorial orbits because to matnetic order the field has a constant inertial direction.

Magnetorquers are lightweight, reliable, and energy-efficient. We could have started at this step by choosing the principle reference frame to start, but many seem comforted by starting with the full EOM.

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By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated torqquers of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. Post as a guest Name. That field is controlled by switching current flow through the coils on or off, magnetif under computerized feedback control.


Specifically, let’s assume the following hypothetical situation: This makes it possible to freely pivot the craft around in a known local gradient of the magnetic field by only using electrical energy.

A further advantage over momentum wheels and control moment gyroscopes is the absence of moving parts and therefore significantly higher reliability.


Torque rods rely on the change in direction of the Earth’s magnetic field, which is especially problematic in equatorial orbits because to first order the field has a constant inertial direction. The dependence on the highly variable intensity of Earth’s magnetic field is also problematic because then the attitude control problem becomes highly nonlinear.

It’s completely unsuitable for agile spacecraft e. This page was last edited on 2 Decemberat How much control authority do I have, given a magnetic field in body coordinates, and 3 equal strength magnetorquers in orthogonal vectors lined up with the body axis?

All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from November Articles with unsourced statements from December I have a location of a satellite in LEO, and the magnetic field vector for said satellite.

If you are lined up perfectly with the magnetic field, you cannot control your rotation about the field. Furthermore, one must toruers that there are in effect only 2 axis of rotation.