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Automated rendezvous and docking sensor testing at the flight robotics laboratory
Author(s): Richard T. Howard; Marlin L. Williamson; Albert S. Johnston; Linda L. Brewster; Jennifer D. Mitchell; Scott P. Cryan; David Strack; Kevin Key
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Paper Abstract

The Exploration Systems Architecture defines missions that require rendezvous, proximity operations, and docking (RPOD) of two spacecraft both in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and in Low Lunar Orbit (LLO). Uncrewed spacecraft must perform automated and/or autonomous rendezvous, proximity operations and docking operations (commonly known as Automated Rendezvous and Docking, (AR&D).) The crewed versions of the spacecraft may also perform AR&D, possibly with a different level of automation and/or autonomy, and must also provide the crew with relative navigation information for manual piloting. The capabilities of the RPOD sensors are critical to the success of the Exploration Program. NASA has the responsibility to determine whether the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) contractor-proposed relative navigation sensor suite will meet the CEV requirements. The relatively low technology readiness of relative navigation sensors for AR&D has been carried as one of the CEV Projects top risks. The AR&D Sensor Technology Project seeks to reduce this risk by increasing technology maturation of selected relative navigation sensor technologies through testing and simulation, and to allow the CEV Project to assess the relative navigation sensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6555, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications, 655512 (3 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.723437
Show Author Affiliations
Richard T. Howard, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Marlin L. Williamson, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Albert S. Johnston, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Linda L. Brewster, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jennifer D. Mitchell, NASA Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)
Scott P. Cryan, NASA Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)
David Strack, Odyssey Space Research, LLC (United States)
Kevin Key, L3 Communications (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6555:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications
Richard T. Howard; Robert D. Richards, Editor(s)

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