Module: spacecraft¶
Executive Summary¶
This module provides the spacecraft rigid body translational and rotation motion. It is the typical module used to simulate the 6DOF spacecraft motion. This spacecraft
module is setup such that additional spacecraft effectors can be added such as Module: reactionWheelStateEffector, Module: thrusterDynamicEffector, etc. See Dr. Cody Allard’s dissertation for more information.
This is an instantiation of the Module: dynamicObject abstract class that is a spacecraft with Module: stateEffector’s and
Module: dynamicEffector’s attached to it. The spacecraft
module allows for both translation and
rotation. Module: stateEffector’s such as RWs, flexible solar panel, fuel slosh etc can be added to the spacecraft by attaching
stateEffectors. Module: dynamicEffector’s such as thrusters, external force and torque, SRP etc can be added to the spacecraft
by attaching dynamicEffectors. This class performs all of this interaction between stateEffectors, dynamicEffectors and
the hub.
The module
PDF Description
contains further information on this module’s function,
how to run it, as well as testing.
Message Connection Descriptions¶
The following table lists all the module input and output messages. The module msg variable name is set by the user from python. The msg type contains a link to the message structure definition, while the description provides information on what this message is used for.
Msg Variable Name 
Msg Type 
Description 

scStateOutMsg 
Spacecraft state output message 

scMassStateOutMsg 
Output message containing the spacecraft mass properties 

attRefInMsg 
(Optional) Input message to specify a prescribed attitude motion 
User Guide¶
This section is to outline the steps needed to setup a Spacecraft module in python using Basilisk.
Import the spacecraft class:
from Basilisk.simulation import spacecraft
Create an instantiation of a spacecraft:
scObject = spacecraft.Spacecraft()
Define all physical parameters for the hub. For example:
scObject.hub.IHubPntBc_B = [[100.0, 0.0, 0.0], [0.0, 50.0, 0.0], [0.0, 0.0, 50.0]]
Do this for all of the parameters for a hub:
scObject.hub.mHub, scObject.hub.r_BcB_B, scObject.hub.IHubPntBc_B
seen in the spacecraft Parameters Table. If you only have translation, you only need to specify the mass (if you only have conservative forces acting on the spacecraft then you don’t even need to specify a mass). If you only have rotation, you only need to specify the inertia, and if you have both, you need to specify the mass, the inertia and if you have a offset between the center of mass of the spacecraft and point \(B\).
Define the initial conditions of the states:
scObject.hub.r_CN_NInit, scObject.hub.v_CN_NInit, scObject.hub.sigma_BNInit, scObject.hub.omega_BN_BInit
Finally, add the spacecraft to the task:
unitTestSim.AddModelToTask(unitTaskName, scObject)
If you want to prescribe the spacecraft hub rotational motion, this can be specified through an optional input message of type AttRefMsgPayload:
scObject.attRefInMsg.subscribeTo(someAttRefMsg)
Variable Name 
Variable Type 
Description 

r_CN_NInit 
double[3] 
Inertial position of S/C 
v_CN_NInit 
double[3] 
Inertial velocity of S/C 
sigma_BNInit 
double[3] 
Initial attitude of B frame represented as an MRP 
omega_BN_BInit 
double[3] 
Initial angular velocity of B frame expressed in B frame 
mHub 
double[1] 
Hub mass 
IHubPntBc_B 
double[3][3] 
Inertia in B frame 
r_BcB_B 
double[3] 
Center of mass location in B frame 

class Spacecraft : public DynamicObject¶
 #include <spacecraft.h>
spacecraft dynamic effector
Public Functions

Spacecraft()¶
Constructor
This is the constructor, setting variables to default values

~Spacecraft()¶
Destructor
This is the destructor, nothing to report here

void initializeDynamics()¶
This method initializes all of the dynamics and variables for the s/c
This method is used to initialize the simulation by registering all of the states, linking the dynamicEffectors, stateEffectors, and the hub, initialize gravity, and initialize the sim with the initial conditions specified in python for the simulation

void computeEnergyMomentum(double time)¶
This method computes the total energy and momentum of the s/c
This method is used to find the total energy and momentum of the spacecraft. It finds the total orbital energy, total orbital angular momentum, total rotational energy and total rotational angular momentum. These values are used for validation purposes.

void updateSCMassProps(double time)¶
This method computes the total mass properties of the s/c
This method is used to update the mass properties of the entire spacecraft using contributions from stateEffectors

void calcForceTorqueFromStateEffectors(double time, Eigen::Vector3d omega_BN_B)¶
This method computes the force and torque from the stateEffectors
This method is used to find the force and torque that each stateEffector is applying to the spacecraft. These values are held in the stateEffector class. Additionally, the stateDerivative value is behind the state values because they are calculated in the intergrator calls

void Reset(uint64_t CurrentSimNanos)¶
This method is used to reset the module.
 Returns
void

void writeOutputStateMessages(uint64_t clockTime)¶
Method to write all of the class output messages
This is the method where the messages of the state of vehicle are written

void UpdateState(uint64_t CurrentSimNanos)¶
Runtime hook back into Basilisk arch
This method is a part of sysModel and is used to integrate the state and update the state in the messaging system

void linkInStates(DynParamManager &statesIn)¶
Method to get access to the hub’s states.
This method allows the spacecraft to have access to the current state of the hub for MRP switching, writing messages, and calculating energy and momentum

void equationsOfMotion(double integTimeSeconds)¶
This method computes the equations of motion for the whole system
This method is solving Xdot = F(X,t) for the system. The hub needs to calculate its derivatives, along with all of the stateEffectors. The hub also has gravity and dynamicEffectors acting on it and these relationships are controlled in this method. At the end of this method all of the states will have their corresponding state derivatives set in the dynParam Manager thus solving for Xdot

void integrateState(double time)¶
This method steps the state forward one step in time
This method is used to integrate the state forward in time, switch MRPs, calculate energy and momentum, and calculate the accumulated deltaV

void addStateEffector(StateEffector *newSateEffector)¶
Attaches a stateEffector to the system
This method attaches a stateEffector to the dynamicObject

void addDynamicEffector(DynamicEffector *newDynamicEffector)¶
Attaches a dynamicEffector
This method attaches a dynamicEffector to the dynamicObject
Public Members

uint64_t simTimePrevious¶
Previous simulation time

uint64_t numOutMsgBuffers¶
Number of output message buffers for I/O

std::string sysTimePropertyName¶
Name of the system time property

ReadFunctor<AttRefMsgPayload> attRefInMsg¶
(optional) reference attitude input message name

double totOrbEnergy¶
[J] Total orbital kinetic energy

double totRotEnergy¶
[J] Total rotational energy

double rotEnergyContr¶
[J] Contribution of stateEffector to total rotational energy

double orbPotentialEnergyContr¶
[J] Contribution of stateEffector to total rotational energy

double currTimeStep¶
[s] Time after integration, used for dvAccum calculation

double timePrevious¶
[s] Time before integration, used for dvAccum calculation

BackSubMatrices backSubContributions¶
class variable

Eigen::Vector3d sumForceExternal_N¶
[N] Sum of forces given in the inertial frame

Eigen::Vector3d sumForceExternal_B¶
[N] Sum of forces given in the body frame

Eigen::Vector3d sumTorquePntB_B¶
[Nm] Total torque about point B in B frame components

Eigen::Vector3d dvAccum_CN_B¶
[m/s] Accumulated deltav of center of mass relative to inertial frame in body frame coordinates

Eigen::Vector3d dvAccum_BN_B¶
[m/s] accumulated deltav of body frame relative to inertial frame in body frame coordinates

Eigen::Vector3d nonConservativeAccelpntB_B¶
[m/s/s] Current spacecraft body acceleration in the B frame

Eigen::Vector3d omegaDot_BN_B¶
[rad/s/s] angular acceleration of body wrt to N in body frame

Eigen::Vector3d totOrbAngMomPntN_N¶
[kg m^2/s] Total orbital angular momentum about N in N frame compenents

Eigen::Vector3d totRotAngMomPntC_N¶
[kg m^2/s] Total rotational angular momentum about C in N frame compenents

Eigen::Vector3d rotAngMomPntCContr_B¶
[kg m^2/s] Contribution of stateEffector to total rotational angular mom.

HubEffector hub¶
The spacecraft plus needs access to the spacecraft hub

GravityEffector gravField¶
Gravity effector for gravitational field experienced by spacecraft

std::vector<StateEffector*> states¶
Vector of state effectors attached to dynObject

std::vector<DynamicEffector*> dynEffectors¶
Vector of dynamic effectors attached to dynObject

BSKLogger bskLogger¶
BSK Logging

Message<SCStatesMsgPayload> scStateOutMsg¶
spacecraft state output message

Message<SCMassPropsMsgPayload> scMassOutMsg¶
spacecraft mass properties output message
Private Functions

void readAttRefMsg()¶
Read the optional attitude reference input message and set the reference attitude
If the optional attitude reference input message is set, then read in the reference attitude and set it for the hub
Private Members

Eigen::MatrixXd *inertialPositionProperty¶
[m] r_N inertial position relative to system spice zeroBase/refBase

Eigen::MatrixXd *inertialVelocityProperty¶
[m] v_N inertial velocity relative to system spice zeroBase/refBase

Eigen::MatrixXd *m_SC¶
[kg] spacecrafts total mass

Eigen::MatrixXd *mDot_SC¶
[kg/s] Time derivative of spacecrafts total mass

Eigen::MatrixXd *ISCPntB_B¶
[kg m^2] Inertia of s/c about point B in B frame components

Eigen::MatrixXd *c_B¶
[m] Vector from point B to CoM of s/c in B frame components

Eigen::MatrixXd *cPrime_B¶
[m/s] Body time derivative of c_B

Eigen::MatrixXd *cDot_B¶
[m/s] Inertial time derivative of c_B

Eigen::MatrixXd *ISCPntBPrime_B¶
[kg m^2/s] Body time derivative of ISCPntB_B

Eigen::MatrixXd *g_N¶
[m/s^2] Gravitational acceleration in N frame components

Eigen::MatrixXd *sysTime¶
[s] System time

Spacecraft()¶