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16 June 1998 Structural control of a flexible satellite bus for improved jitter performance
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The increasing demand for global communications and limitations on RF communications bandwidth has driven several constellations to baseline laser cross-links between the satellites within their constellations. The use of laser communications over a long distance dictates the need for accurate pointing and jitter suppression in order to maintain signal continuity. Vibrations upon a satellite bus or orbit come from several sources including: momentum systems, flexible appendages, motors and cryocoolers. Attenuation of these vibrations requires a combination of disturbance reduction, disturbance isolation, payload isolation, input command shaping, appendage damping and passive/active bus structural control. This paper addresses these techniques in a systems approach to satellite structural control. Experimental results from a representative flexible satellite truss structure using a series of integral D-Strut structural dampers is presented. The passive damping system is used to reduce resonant amplification of disturbances on precision optical equipment jitter. The use of different combinations of longitudinal, transverse and diagonal dampers is discussed to achieve specific modal damping. In addition, the design of the integral truss dampers is discussed along with their application to satellite bus construction.
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Jack H. Jacobs, T. Tupper Hyde, Jim Boyd, Steve Hadden, and L. Porter Davis "Structural control of a flexible satellite bus for improved jitter performance", Proc. SPIE 3326, Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (16 June 1998);


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