Re: Phobos-Grunt video

From: Bob Christy (
Date: Fri Jan 06 2012 - 21:09:14 UTC

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    There's nothing new in this business:
    Bob Christy
    Ted Molczan wrote:
    "..... this behaviour may be similar to that of a shuttlecock: the 
    nearly full fuel tanks at the main propulsion module end of the 
    spacecraft are analogous to the cork of a shuttlecock; the solar arrays 
    at the opposite end are analogous to the feathers. Here is a thesis, 
    "Passive Attitude Stabilization For Small Satellites", by Samir Ahmed 
    Rawashdeh, based on using precisely this phenomenon to provide attitude 
    control for a cubesat.."
    Bob Christy
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