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Star-tracker-based, all-sky, autonomous attitude determination
Author(s): Luisa DeAntonio; Gabriel Udomkesmalee; James W. Alexander; Randel C. Blue; Edwin W. Dennison; George E. Sevaston; Marija Scholl
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Paper Abstract

An automatic star identification program, which has previously been demonstrated only in computer simulation, has been integrated and tested with the tracker test lab prototype star tracker at Table Mountain Observatory. Thirteen of sixteen sky frames were matched correctly with no a priori attitude knowledge. The cause of failure in the frames that failed was determined to be algorithmic, and the flaws in the algorithm causing the failure were identified. The methodology of both Table Mountain Observatory test runs and computer simulated test runs are described, as well as results and recommendations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1949, Space Guidance, Control, and Tracking, (23 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.157083
Show Author Affiliations
Luisa DeAntonio, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Gabriel Udomkesmalee, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
James W. Alexander, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Randel C. Blue, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Edwin W. Dennison, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
George E. Sevaston, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Marija Scholl, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1949:
Space Guidance, Control, and Tracking
George E. Sevaston; Richard H. Stanton, Editor(s)

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