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Momentum Control Systems

Momentum Control Systems

Harnessing momentum with precise, powerful control.

Single-gimbal Control Moment Gyroscopes (CMG) offer significantly greater vehicle acceleration (>100x) than a reaction wheel system of the same power. However, controlling an array of CMGs is a difficult task.

Honeywell has developed turnkey controls for “roof” arrays of up to six CMGs that can be embedded in the array hardware or licensed separately. These controls accept a simple torque command, and provide deterministic, singularity-free operation with guaranteed torque availability. They also transparently manage CMG hardware failures, spin-up/down events, etc. without loss of control.