Development and Flight of a Stereoscopic Imager for Use in Spacecraft Close Proximity Operations
Proximity operations about noncooperative resident space objects (RSOs) is a current area of research with the intent to enable many useful on-orbit missions. One method of performing passive proximity operations about a noncooperative RSO uses two cameras to obtain stereo line-of-sight data to the RSO in order to fully resolve the relative position and velocity of the RSO and navigate about it. An overview of the MR and MRS SAT mission, in which a stereoscopic imager is used aboard MR SAT to navigate about MRS SAT (a mock noncooperative RSO) is presented. The developed hardware and algorithms used by the stereoscopic imaging sensor, as well as the guidance, navigation, and control subsystems, are presented. A software-in-the-loop simulation is presented to demonstrate the expected on-orbit performance of the MR and MRS SAT mission.
J. E. Darling and K. A. Legrand and P. Galchenko and H. J. Pernicka and K. J. DeMars and A. T. Shirley and J. S. McCabe and C. L. Schmid and S. J. Haberberger and A. J. Mundahl, "Development and Flight of a Stereoscopic Imager for Use in Spacecraft Close Proximity Operations," Proceedings of the 39th Annual AAS Rocky Mountain Section Guidance and Control Conference (2016, Breckenridge, CO), vol. 157, pp. 489 - 500, Univelt Inc., Feb 2016.
39th Annual AAS Rocky Mountain Section Guidance and Control Conference (2016: Feb. 5-10, Breckenridge, CO)
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Computer software; Navigation; Stereo image processing; Close proximity; Guidance , navigation , and controls; On-orbit performance; Proximity operations; Relative positions; Software-in-the-loop simulations; Space objects; Stereoscopic imaging; Orbits
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01 Feb 2016