R. E. Roberson

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Abstract: One of the basic problems relating to the guidance and control of satellite and space vehicles is that of attitude control. A requirement for attitude control arises immediately at launching. The thrust vector must be kept properly oriented to make the vehicle follow a desired trajectory into orbit or into space. The same need reappears every time there is a period of powered flight thereafter. But this is only one requirement for attitude control, and is probably the easiest to satisfy. Relatively large control torques are available from the rocket engine, and turning rates along the desired path are large enough to be sensed easily by rate gyros in the vehicle.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 6, Number 1
Pages: 59 - 61
Cite this article: Roberson, R. E., "ATTITUDE CONTROL: A PANEL DISCUSSION PROBLEMS AND PRINCIPLES", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 6, No. 1, 1958, pp. 59-61.
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