Control momentum gyroscope.

Control momentum gyroscope.

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Caption: A Chinese 200Nms control momentum gyroscope (CMG) on display at the trade exhibition accompanying the 2013 International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which was held in Beijing, China. A CMG is an attitude control actuator used to maintain or adjust the orientation of large spacecraft or space stations in orbit: a heavy spinning wheel is made to tilt or 'gimbal' and this causes a gyroscopic torque (measured in Nms) that rotates the spacecraft about a given axis.

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Keywords: 2013, actuator, astronautical, attitude, beijing, china., control, display, exhibit, exhibition, gimbal, gyroscope, iac, momentum, space, technology, torque

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