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The algorithm and simulation for satellite navigation using x-ray pulsars
Author(s): Li Qiao; Jianye Liu; Guanglou Zheng; Liang He; Zhi Xiong
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Paper Abstract

The X-ray pulsar is a special celestial source which possesses of the lighthouse effect in space. And its unique, stable and predictable pulse can be utilized for satellite navigation and attitude determination. In this paper, the pulsar description is presented to explain the properties conducive to satellite navigation. With the pulse phases detected at the satellite and predicted at the initial reference location, the range measurements about the satellite can be generated. The Kalman filter technology is used to combine the satellite dynamics and the range measurements. The simulation is provided to demonstrate the expected performance of the satellite position and velocity determination using the observed phase message within the Kalman filter.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 November 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6795, Second International Conference on Space Information Technology, 67953F (10 November 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.774586
Show Author Affiliations
Li Qiao, Nanjing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China)
Jianye Liu, Nanjing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China)
Guanglou Zheng, Nanjing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China)
Liang He, Shanghai Aerospace Control Engineering Institute (China)
Zhi Xiong, Nanjing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6795:
Second International Conference on Space Information Technology

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