This chapter provides introductory material to satellite control system (SCS). It is based on the author’s experience, who has been working in areas of SCS development, including designing, testing, operating of real SCS, as well as reviewing and overseeing various SCS projects. It briefly presents SCS generic futures and functional principles: tasks, architecture, basic components and algorithms, operational modes, simulation and testing. The chapter is divided into two parts, namely, Part I: SCS Architecture and Main Components and Part II: SCS Simulation, Control Modes, Power, Interface and Testing. This chapter focuses on Part I. Part II will be presented as a separate chapter in this book.
Part of the book: Satellite Systems