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attitude control




Achieving and maintaining a particular orientation, or attitude, in space in order to satisfy mission requirements. Attitude control is usually accomplished using small thrusters in conjunction with a measuring instrument, such as a star sensor. It is maintained by a stabilizing device, such as a gyroscope, or by spin stabilization.


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   • SPACECRAFT NAVIGATION AND CONTROL