Design and simulation of an attitude determination system based on the Extended Kalman Filter for Cube-Sat Colombia I


  • Cesar A. Castellanos FJC District University
  • Lilia Edith Aparicio Pico FJC District University



extended Kalman filter, non deterministic and deterministic algorithm, picosatellite Colombia I, attitude determination system


The purpose of this document is to describe the design and simulation of an attitude determination system (ADS) for the CubeSat Colombia I picosatellite, based on an extended Kalman filter EKF [1,2]. In this development the propagation of the State of the system has been implemented through a Runge-Kutta procedure instead of traditional State Transition matrix method, improving predictions from the EKF filter without making direct measurements of angular velocity, it was obtained a reduced prediction time by incorporating a deterministic algorithm (the TRIAD algorithm) within the EKF. The results validated through simulation are those shown in this article.

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Author Biographies

Cesar A. Castellanos, FJC District University

GITEM research group, Faculty of Engineering.

Lilia Edith Aparicio Pico, FJC District University

Faculty of Engineering.


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How to Cite

Castellanos, C. A., & Aparicio Pico, L. E. (2014). Design and simulation of an attitude determination system based on the Extended Kalman Filter for Cube-Sat Colombia I. Revista Facultad De Ingeniería Universidad De Antioquia, (70), 146–154.

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