International Journal of Advanced and Applied Sciences

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Volume 4, Issue 9  (September 2017), Pages:  119-124

Title: Alignment measurement technique for satellite assembly, integration, and test

Author(s):  Asmaliza Zulkifli *, Nor Hafizah Abdullah, Ng Su Wai, Wong Soo Mee, Maszlan Ismail


Space System Development and Operational Division, National Space Agency of Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia

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In a satellite development cycle, alignment measurement is crucial especially during assembly and integration of satellite part and component as well as a series of mechanical tests performed onto it. It plays a vital role in ensuring critical components of satellite such as antenna, solar panels and reaction wheels are correctly and precisely aligned as per design specifications. Besides, it serves as complimentary analyses for pre and post inspection and verification during mechanical tests. Combination of two measurement parameters, namely the orientation (angle) and the position (distance) will provide complete coordinate knowledge of satellite system. Selection of appropriate measurement technique and equipment on large scale measurement play significant factor in determining the whole measurement plan. Further analyses of measured data will be performed on metrology software, Spatial Analyzer. Details on technique used for satellite alignment measurement are elaborated. A measurement model and real measurement data emphasizing on effectiveness of the mentioned technique are presented. 

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Keywords: Alignment, Orientation measurement, Position measurement, Assembly integration and test, Inspection and verification

Article History: Received 18 February 2017, Received in revised form 24 July 2017, Accepted 24 July 2017

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Zulkifli A, Abdullah NH, Wai NS, Mee WS, and Ismail M (2017). Alignment measurement technique for satellite assembly, integration, and test. International Journal of Advanced and Applied Sciences, 4(9): 119-124


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