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Autonomous image-based pointing for planetary flyby
Author(s): Cheng-Chih Chu; Marc I. Pomerantz; David Q. Zhu; Curtis W. Padgett
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Paper Abstract

There is increasing emphasis on onboard autonomy in the design of future spacecraft. Image- based, closed-loop tracking and pointing, developed as part of the Autonomous Feature And Star Tracking project at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has emerged as one of the technology areas essential to realizing autonomous spacecraft. In this paper, we present an overview of our ongoing efforts to develop intelligent, onboard processing technology that will make it possible to realize such spacecraft. A mission scenario, a planetary small-body flyby, is used to illustrate the autonomous tracking/pointing technology addressed in the research.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 1995
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2466, Space Guidance, Control, and Tracking II, (12 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.211509
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Cheng-Chih Chu, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Marc I. Pomerantz, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David Q. Zhu, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Curtis W. Padgett, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2466:
Space Guidance, Control, and Tracking II
Walter J. Fowski; Morris M. Birnbaum, Editor(s)

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