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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 878724, 11 pages
Research Article

Improved Path Planning and Attitude Control Method for Agile Maneuver Satellite with Double-Gimbal Control Moment Gyros

1School of Instrumentation Science and Optoelectronics Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
2Science and Technology on Inertial Laboratory, Beijing 100191, China

Received 4 November 2014; Revised 2 February 2015; Accepted 8 February 2015

Academic Editor: Mohamed Abd El Aziz

Copyright © 2015 Peiling Cui et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Double-gimbal control moment gyros can implement the satellite attitude maneuver efficiently. In order to reduce the energy consumption of double-gimbal control moment gyros and avoid the singularity state, an attitude maneuver path planning method is proposed by using the improved Fourier basis algorithm. Considering that the choice of the Fourier coefficients is important for the Fourier basis algorithm to converge quickly, a choosing method of the initial Fourier coefficients which can reduce the computational time of the path planning algorithm notably is proposed. Moreover, an attitude-tracking feedback controller based on the Fourier basis path planning algorithm is designed to acquire robustness. Simulation results show that the proposed path planning algorithm can implement attitude maneuver path planning in shortened time. Meanwhile, the feasibility of the attitude-tracking feedback controller which is based on the above path planning algorithm is verified in terms of the low energy consumption, high attitude-tracking precision, and the safe use of double-gimbal control moment gyros.