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A review of balancing methods for satellite simulators

Cardoso Da Silva, Rodrigo; Alves Borges, Renato; Battistini, Simone; Cappelletti, Chantal

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Rodrigo Cardoso Da Silva

Renato Alves Borges

Simone Battistini


This article presents a general review of the existing methods for balancing satellite simulators. The mathematical modeling for the kinematics and the dynamics of the satellite simulator is described and uniformed throughout the various methods. The available balancing methods are classified in a handful group of categories, which consider whether the analyzed method uses linear or nonlinear filtering, adaptive control or even classical regression methods. Details are given on the features which may be added to the dynamic model and how they are modeled, on the discretization methods used, on the models observability and on the solution convergence. Finally, the overall performance of each method is shown, as well as the circumstances in which each method presents advantages and disadvantages, guiding on which method to use.


Cardoso Da Silva, R., Alves Borges, R., Battistini, S., & Cappelletti, C. (2021). A review of balancing methods for satellite simulators. Acta Astronautica, 187, 537-545.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 26, 2021
Online Publication Date Jun 3, 2021
Publication Date 2021-10
Deposit Date Jun 22, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jun 4, 2023
Journal Acta Astronautica
Print ISSN 0094-5765
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 187
Pages 537-545
Keywords satellite simulator; balancing methods; filtering; adaptive control
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