Relative attitude determination using multiple constraints

Richard Linares, Yang Cheng, John L. Crassidis

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In this paper a relative attitude determination solution of a formation of two vehicles with multiple constraints is shown. The solution for the relative attitude between the two vehicles is obtained only using line-of-sight measurements between them and common (unknown) objects observed by both vehicles. The constraints used in the solution are formed from triangles on the vector observations. Multiple constraints are used for each object and the solution is cast into a Wahba problem formulation. Simulation runs are shown that study the performance of the new approach.

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 pages20
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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