Gas Thruster Calibration For Satellite Simulators On An Air Bearing Table
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This paper covers a simple method of calibration for gas thrusters for the application of simulated space flight. Gas thrusters are a common means of controlling spacecraft, and proper calibration of such thrusters is essential to ensure accurate and stable control of the spacecraft. Satellite simulators attempt to replicate the behaviours of satellites in flight using a 3 degree of freedom air bearing table, which allows for frictionless flight, and gas thrusters to emulate the flight dynamics.