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Fast relative guidance approach for autonomous rendezvous and docking control
Author(s): Michael Develle; Yunjun Xu; Khanh Pham; Genshe Chen
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Paper Abstract

Relative guidance for autonomous rendezvous and docking is a key technology for many current and future space missions, such as the unmanned on-orbit service. In these missions, it is normally required that the chaser spacecraft can plan a trajectory to the target rapidly, and control the chaser's attitude to align with the docking port of the target. This paper presents a recently developed bio-inspired virtual motion camouflage methodology to compute the optimal or near optimal orbit and attitude trajectories for relative guidance of rendezvous and docking missions rapidly. In this approach, the dimension of the optimization parameters and then the computational cost of the online trajectory planning can be reduced significantly. Multiple simulations are provided to demonstrate the capabilities of the algorithm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2011
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8044, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications IV, 80440F (20 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.885943
Show Author Affiliations
Michael Develle, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Yunjun Xu, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Khanh Pham, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Genshe Chen, DCM Research Resources, LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8044:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications IV
Khanh D. Pham; Henry Zmuda; Joseph Lee Cox; Greg J. Meyer, Editor(s)

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