Autonomous navigation of a formation of spacecraft in the proximity of a binary asteroid

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Abstract

The paper presents a study on the navigation of a formation of spacecraft in the proximity of a binary asteroid. A specific scenario is considered in which the spacecraft are orbiting at one of the triangular libration points under the assumption of a quasi circular orbit of the secondary with respect to the primary. This work investigates the use of an Unscented H in f ty Filter and a data sharing mechanisms among spacecraft, plus the use of a novel polynomial algebra to replace the Unscented Transformation. The paper will show that the spacecraft can be maintained at the desired location using a combination of optical and LIDAR measurements shared across the formation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
EventInternational Symposium on Space Technology and Science - Matsuyama, Japan
Duration: 3 Jun 20179 Jun 2017
Conference number: 31
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ConferenceInternational Symposium on Space Technology and Science
Abbreviated titleISTS
CountryJapan
CityMatsuyama
Period3/06/179/06/17
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Keywords

  • GNC
  • binary asteroid systems
  • Chebyshev polynomials
  • formation flying
  • autonomous navigation
  • astronautics

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    Torre, F., Vasile, M., Serra, R., & Grey, S. (2017). Autonomous navigation of a formation of spacecraft in the proximity of a binary asteroid. Paper presented at International Symposium on Space Technology and Science, Matsuyama, Japan.