This paper presents a nonlinear dynamic model of Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO), a concept design of a spacecraft intended to orbit the three icy moons of Jupiter, namely, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. The work in this paper represents a part of the feasibility study conducted to assess control requirements for the JIMO mission. A nonlinear dynamic model of JIMO is derived, which includes rigid body as well as flexible body dynamics. This paper presents a novel hybrid control strategy, which combines feedback linearization with generalized predictive control methodology in a two-step approach for attitude control of the spacecraft. This feedback linearization based generalized predictive control (FLGPC) law is used to accomplish a representative realistic in-orbit maneuver to test the efficacy of the controller. The controller performance shows that the FLGPC is a viable methodology for attitude control of a similar class of spacecraft. The results presented are a part of exhaustive study conducted to evaluate various controller designs.

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