Control moment gyros are common spacecraft attitude control devices that can be mounted at different orientations within a spacecraft. Some spacecraft need to maximize their maneuverability around a particular axis and, therefore, benefit from particular control moment gyro orientations. This report explains the physics of control moment gyros as attitude control devices and defines a mathematical singularity and its physical manifestation in the spacecraft body. The research continues, analyzing the relation between a control moment gyro’s skew angle and its effects on angular momentum magnitude leading to a conclusion defining the best control moment gyro orientations to maximize a spacecraft’s yaw maneuverability.
Part of the book: Advances in Spacecraft Attitude Control