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Conference Papers

"Attitude Determination Kalman Filter with a 1/f Flicker Noise Gyro Model", Institute of Navigation, GNSS Conference (ION GNSS 2013), 16–20 September 2013, Nashville, Tennessee.
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Pittelkau, M. E.; O'Shaughnessy, D. O.; "Gyro Misalignment Decomposition Applied to MESSENGER Calibration", Paper No. AAS 09-203, AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting, Savannah, Georgia, 8–12 February 2009, in Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 134, Part I, 2009, pp. 1527–1539. [CD, Book]
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General Definition of Relative Misalignment”, Paper No. AAS 08-289, F. Landis Markley Astronautics Symposium, Cambridge, Maryland, 29 June – 2 July 2008, in Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 132, 14 pp.
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“Survey of Calibration Algorithms for Spacecraft Attitude Sensors and Gyros”, Paper No. AAS 07-295, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialists Conference, Mackinac Island, MI, 19–23 August 2007, in Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 129, 2008, pp. 651–705.
An outline of the survey paper and access to the paper and presentation are on the Survey Paper page.
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O’Shaughnessy, D.; Pittelkau, M. E., “Attitude Sensor and Gyro Calibration for MESSENGER”, (revised) 20th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics, Annapolis, MD, 24–28 September 2007, NASA Conference Publication NASA/CP-2007-214158, Document ID 20080012629.
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Autonomous On-Board Calibration of Attitude Sensors and Gyros”, (revised) 20th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics, Annapolis, MD, 24–28 September 2007, NASA Conference Publication NASA/CP-2007-214158, Document ID 20080012629.
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"Advances in Attitude Determination with Redundant Inertial Measurement Units", Paper No. AAS 06-110, AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting, Tampa, Florida, 22–26 January 2006, in Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 124, Part I, 2006, pp. 163–178. [CD, Book]
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"Recent Advances in Calibration of Redundant Inertial Measurement Units", Flight Mechanics Symposium, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA/CP-2005-212789, 18–20 October 2005. [CD]
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"Cascaded and Decoupled RIMU Calibration Filters", Paper No. AAS 05-466, Malcom D. Shuster Astronautics Symposium, Grand Island, NY, 12–15 June 2005. In Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 122, Part I, 2006, pp. 273–288. [CD, Book]
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"Observability and Calibration of a Redundant Inertial Measurement Unit (RIMU)", Paper No. AAS 05-105, AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Copper Mountain, CO, 23–27 January 2005. In Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 120, Part I, 2005, pp. 71–84. [CD, Book]
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"RIMU Misalignment Vector Decomposition", AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Paper No. AIAA-2004-4856, Providence, RI, 16–19 August 2004. [CD, On-line]
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"Attitude Determination and Calibration with Redundant Inertial Measurement Units", Paper No. AAS 04-116, AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, 8–12 February 2004, Maui, HI. In Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 119, Part I, pp. 229–248, 2005. [CD, Book]
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"Pointing Error Definitions, Metrics, and Algorithms", Paper No. AAS 03-559, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialists Conference, Big Sky, MT, 3–7 August 2003. In Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 116, Part II, pp. 901–920, 2003. [CD, Book]
See the Errata sheet.
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"Definitions, Metrics, and Algorithms for Displacement, Jitter, and Stability", Flight Mechanics Symposium, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA/CP-2003-212246, 28–30 October 2003. [CD]
See the Errata sheet.
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"Measurement Sensitivity Equations in Attitude Determination", Flight Mechanics Symposium, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA/CP-2003-212246, 28–30 October 2003.
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"An Analysis of the Quaternion Attitude Determination Filter", AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Ponce, PR, 9–13 February 2003, Paper No. AAS 03-194, in Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 114, Part II, pp. 1337–1352, 2003.
(See the journal publication.)
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M. Pittelkau and W. Dellinger, "Attitude Sensor Alignment and Calibration for the TIMED Spacecraft", Paper No. AAS 03-153, AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Ponce, Puerto Rico, in Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 114, Part II, pp. 821–833, 9–13 February 2003.
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"Square Root Quaternion Estimation", AIAA Paper No. 2002-4914, AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Monterey, CA, August 2002.

"Attitude Determination Using the Bortz Equation", Paper No. AAS 01-310, AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, 30 July – 2 August 2001, in Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 1, Part 1, 2001, pp. 153–165.
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"A Factorization and Least-Squares Method for Multi-Pass Sensor Alignment Calibration", Paper No. AAS 01-151, AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Santa Barbara, CA, 11–15 February 2001.
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"Everything is Relative in System Alignment Calibration", Paper No. AIAA-2000-4246, AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, August 2000. [CD, On-line]
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"A Kalman Filter Approach to System Alignment Calibration", Paper No. AAS 00-127, AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, January 2000.
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L. Haas and M. Pittelkau, "Real-Time High Accuracy GPS Onboard Orbit Determination for Use on Remote Sensing Satellites", ION GPS '99, Proceedings of the 12th International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation, Nashville Convention Center, Nashville, TN, 14–17 September 1999, pp. 829–836.

A. Garber, L. Haas, M. Pittelkau, "Performance Evaluation of the GPS Onboard Orbit Determination Software to Ensure Improved Positioning Accuracy", Flight Mechanics Symposium, NASA/GSFC, NASA/CP-1999-209235, 18–20 May 1999, pp. 141–154.

"Comparison of Four Torque Distribution Methods for Attitude Control", Flight Mechanics Symposium, NASA/GSFC, NASA/CP-1999-209235, May 1999, pp. 253–267.

"Distortion and Alignment Calibration of a CCD-Based Fine Sun Sensor", Flight Mechanics and Estimation Symposium, NASA/GSFC, May 1997.

"Frequency Weighted LQG Control of Spacecraft Attitude", IEEE Conference on Control Applications, 13–16 September 1992, Vol. 1, pp. 336–341.
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"Parameter Adaptive Gun Fire Control", Proceedings of the Ninth Meeting of the Coordinating Group on Modern Control Theory, Army Mathematics Steering Committee, ARDEC, Picatinny Arsenal, Picatinny, NJ, 12 October 1989.

"Adaptive Load-Sharing Force Control for Two-Arm Manipulators", 1988 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 24-29 April 1988, Vol. 1, pp. 498–503. (Philips Prize paper for best paper submitted by a graduate student, awarded by the North American Philips Corporation.)

"Reflex-Action Position Control of Robots: Comparison with Impedance Control", IEEE SouthEastCon '88, 11-13 April 1988, pp. 408–412.

"Decoupled Simulation Results for Two-Arm Robotic Systems", 1987 IEEE Southeastern Symposium on System Theory.

Scheeres, D.J.; Pittelkau, M.E.; Proulx, R.J.; Cangahuala, L.A.; (Editors) Spaceflight Mechanics 2003, Vol. 114, Parts I–III, Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, American Astronautical Society, 2003, 2500 pages. [Book, CD]

Segerman, A. M.; Lai, P. C.; Wilkins, M. P.; Pittelkau, M. E.; (Editors) Spaceflight Mechanics 2009, Vol 134, Parts I--III, Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, American Astronautical Society, 2009, 2287 pages. [Book, CD]

A frequency-weighted Linear Quadratic Gaussian approach to control of pitch attitude and pitch wheel momentum of an Earth-orbiting spacecraft is presented. Attitude is measured by an Earth horizon sensor and cotnrol torque is produced by magnetic torquer bars and a pitch momentum or reqction wheel. Environmental disturbances are estimated for disturbance rejection. The design features control weighting so that low frequency control is effected by the torquer bars and high frequency control is effected by the pitch wheel. Control weighting is also used to provide a steep roll-off of the open-loop gain to achieve a wide bandwidth while avoiding control-structural interaction. A frequency response analysis and simulation results are provided