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FUSE attitude control: target recognition and fine guidance performance
Author(s): Thomas B. Ake; H. Landis Fisher; Jeffrey W. Kruk; Patricia K. Murphy; William R. Oegerle
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Paper Abstract

The FUSE satellite employs innovative techniques for autonomous target acquisitions and fine pointing control. One of two Fine Error Sensors, incorporated in the optical path of the science instrument, provide the Instrument Data System computer with images, for target identification, and field star centroids, for fine pointing information to the spacecraft attitude control system. A suite of 'toolbox' functions has been developed to locate stars, selected and track on 'unknown' guide stars from the image, identify the star field, track preselected 'known' guide stars, follow moving targets, and provide pointing optimizations to fine- tune the centering of a target. After a maneuver to a new field, initial attitude is determined by identifying stars found in a 20' X 20' image. Identification is done by matching stars with an uploaded table of up to 200 objects selected from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Guide Star Catalog (GSC), ranging from V equals 9 to 13.5 mag., and typically covering a one degree field around the target. During identification, tracking is performed on unidentified stars in the image to prevent the satellite from drifting. A corrective slew is then commanded to place the target at the desired position. Tracking is then resumed on preselected guide stars. If desired, further fine alignment of the science apertures is performed by a target peakup using the FUV detectors. We discuss the target acquisition process; end-to- end performance; and problems encountered due to the limitations of the small field of view of the FES, HST GSC errors, and stray light in the telescope baffles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4139, Instrumentation for UV/EUV Astronomy and Solar Missions, (18 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.410520
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Thomas B. Ake, Johns Hopkins Univ. (USA) and Computer Sciences Corp. (United States)
H. Landis Fisher, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Jeffrey W. Kruk, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Patricia K. Murphy, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
William R. Oegerle, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4139:
Instrumentation for UV/EUV Astronomy and Solar Missions
Silvano Fineschi; Clarence M. Korendyke; Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Bruce E. Woodgate, Editor(s)

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