Relative attitude determination from planar vector observations

Richard Linares, Yang Cheng, John L. Crassidis

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A method for relative attitude determination from planar line-of-sight observations is presented. Three vehicles are assumed to be equipped with sensors to provide measurements of the three inter-vehicle line-of-sight vectors. The line-of-sight vectors are further assumed to be always in the same plane. This information is combined with all the available measurements to find an optimal relative attitude estimation solution. Covariance analysis is provided to help gain insight on the statistical properties of the attitude errors of the solution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpaceflight Mechanics 2011 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 21st AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2011
Event21st AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: Feb 13 2011Feb 17 2011

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


Other21st AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA


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