Attitude determination for a small satellite mission

Michael D'Angelo, Richard Linares, John L. Crassidis

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Abstract

This paper describes a path toward the development of theory for using a low noise high frame rate camera as a star tracker for spacecraft attitude estimation. The benefit of using a low noise high frame rate camera is that star data can be sampled at a faster rate while allowing one to measure very dim stars, increasing the number of stars available for attitude estimation. The development of a noise model is discussed and an algorithm to process raw data is shown. An attitude estimation method is discussed and simulated data is shown. A simulated star tracker for attitude estimation is shown and attitude estimation results are shown.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGuidance and Control 2012 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 35th Annual AAS Rocky Mountain Section Guidance and Control Conference
Pages165-171
Number of pages7
Volume144
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Event35th Annual AAS Rocky Mountain Section Guidance and Control Conference - Breckenridge, CO, United States
Duration: Feb 3 2012Feb 8 2012

Other

Other35th Annual AAS Rocky Mountain Section Guidance and Control Conference
CountryUnited States
CityBreckenridge, CO
Period2/3/122/8/12

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    D'Angelo, M., Linares, R., & Crassidis, J. L. (2012). Attitude determination for a small satellite mission. In Guidance and Control 2012 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences: Proceedings of the 35th Annual AAS Rocky Mountain Section Guidance and Control Conference (Vol. 144, pp. 165-171)