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Flywheel energy storage for spacecraft

Renuganth Varatharajoo (Department of Aerospace Engineering, University Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia)
Mohamad Tarmizi Ahmad (Department of Aerospace Engineering, University Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 1 August 2004

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Abstract

Flywheels can serve not only as attitude control devices, but also as energy storage devices, thereby eliminating the need for conventional batteries. Hence, a combined energy and attitude control system (CEACS) consisting of a double counter rotating flywheel assembly is proposed for small satellites in this paper. The energy level in CEACS depends mainly on the flywheels' speeds. Therefore, a specific flywheel energy management strategy has to be implemented to take into account the limitations of the flywheels, which has not been established until today.

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Varatharajoo, R. and Tarmizi Ahmad, M. (2004), "Flywheel energy storage for spacecraft", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 76 No. 4, pp. 384-390. https://doi.org/10.1108/00022660410545492

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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