Photometry and angles data for spacecraft relative navigation

Matthew P. Whittaker, Richard Linares, John L. Crassidis

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Abstract

This paper proposes a method for relative navigation of formation flying spacecraft. This method utilizes azimuth and elevation angle information as well as light intensity data gathered from a photometric sensor to estimate the relative position and velocity between collaborating spacecraft. An Unscented Filter is successfully used for the state estimation and initial proof of concept. A basic measurement model simulates the deputy spacecraft as a simple sphere that only reflects light diffiusely. This study motivates further investigation into the potential for using this method for inexpensive and reliable relative navigation systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference
StatePublished - 2013
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Aug 19 2013Aug 22 2013

Publication series

NameAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference

Other

OtherAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period8/19/138/22/13

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