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Present status and perspectives about measurement technology of inter-satellite relative position and relative attitude
Author(s): Peng Gao; Zheng You
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Paper Abstract

Remote measurement, target searching and tracking missions being performed in space, bring new application for small satellites. To achieve relative navigation, attitude control and other important applications, inter-satellite relative position and relative attitude must be known. In this paper, the measurement procedures of relative position and relative attitude are given. The principles of some measurement means are discussed. The analysis of these means is presented. The modified laser ranging method is mentioned. It points out that the laser ranging method is the promising one among these methods. Achieving the continuous measurement of relative position and relative attitude in some stringent missions may require combination of various methods. And some characteristics of space environment are also discussed. The multipath effects of laser are analyzed and an available approach that can avoid these effects is provided. Finally, the outlook of the measurement of relative position and relative attitude is represented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 January 2006
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5985, International Conference on Space Information Technology, 59854N (4 January 2006);
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Peng Gao, Tsinghua Univ. (China)
Zheng You, Tsinghua Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5985:
International Conference on Space Information Technology
Cheng Wang; Shan Zhong; Xiulin Hu, Editor(s)

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