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MicroWheel 1000 (MW1000) Reaction Wheel

DESCRIPTION

MSCI is proud of the extensive flight heritage our world-leading MicroWheel 1000 (MW 1000) Reaction Wheels have gained.

The MW 1000, part of MSCIís High Performance Attitude Control product line, is a small, digitally controlled reaction wheel for space applications. The 1000-series MicroWheel is for satellites requiring less than 1000 mNms of momentum storage. It can include an optional angular rate sensor, to allow the device to become a sensor/actuator pair. An embedded microcontroller operates both the wheel and optional rate sensor. The microcontroller implements speed and torque control loops for the reaction wheel, allowing it to accurately track speed or torque commands from a satelliteís attitude control computer. Commands and telemetry (including wheel speed, acceleration, torque, rate sensor reading, temperature, voltage, current, and internal pressure) are communicated via a serial interface.

The MicroWheel is hermetically sealed, containing a <0.1 ATM dry argon environment, to prevent the loss of bearing lubricant, and to promote convective heat exchange.

BENEFITS

MSCI's MW 1000 MicroWheels provide a simple, drop-in solution to satellite control. With their serial data interface, the MicroWheels perform all motor control tasks internally to generate precisely the torque requested by the Attitude Control System (ACS) computer.

CAPABILITIES

MSCIís world-leading MW 1000 MicroWheels enable satellite designers to vastly improve microsatellite-pointing capabilities. The MW 1000ís key capabilities include:

  • Spaceflight-proven design
  • Low power consumption
  • All in one control and navigation solution (with optional rate sensor)

QUALIFICATION

Qualification testing complete; flight units delivered for multiple programs.

For more information, download the MicroWheel 1000 Product Brochure

PRODUCT ASSURANCE

MSCIís Product Assurance program ensures that appropriate quality requirements are established and achieved throughout the design, procurement, fabrication, assembly, inspection, testing, storing, shipping and handling phases of the program. Implementation of the quality requirements ensures prompt detection of deficient or marginal quality and effective corrective action.

Please click here to see more details on MSCIís Product Assurance program.

WORKMANSHIP STANDARDS

Workmanship standards are employed throughout all phases of manufacturing, assembly and integration to control the quality of the operation. Standards identify specific acceptance/rejection criteria and are maintained to meet current requirements. Samples or visual aids required to verify acceptable workmanship are subject to review by QA. Please click here to see a list of the workmanship standards that are used at MSCI.

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