Keywords and Phrases
Attitude Determination; Centroiding; Image Processing; Image Simulation; Star Image Creation; Star Tracker
"As interest in nanosatellites grows within the university community, the demand for inexpensive, space-grade hardware grows as well. Star trackers can be a luxury item for some spacecraft and therefore are often not considered due to their cost. Ideally, a star tracker could be built using inexpensive parts so long as the software is available. Unlike many other attitude determination instruments, star trackers are renowned for their high accuracy, yielding accurate and precise attitude estimates. However, development of this software can be overwhelming for the university settling, especially when multiple missions are on hand. If these instruments were readily available for more spacecraft, university-sponsored missions could expand to higher orbits and possibly deep space applications.
Keeping in mind the cost and time constraints most university missions run into, the difficulty of developing an inexpensive star tracker stems from the integrated software. Hardware can be commercial off-the-shelf products, but the software is the more expensive of the two, and it is this software that is often lacking at the university level. With this, the proposed algorithm shows promise for the development, implementation, and testing of free star tracker software. The presented algorithm allows for a variety of interchangeable hardware, making it ideal for the academic community"--Abstract, page iii.
DeMars, Kyle J.
Moss, Randy Hays, 1953-
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
M.S. in Aerospace Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
xi, 112 pages
© 2017 Casey Grant Smith, All rights reserved.
Thesis - Open Access
Electronic OCLC #
Smith, Casey Grant, "Development and implementation of star tracker based attitude determination" (2017). Masters Theses. 7724.