Sensor for small satellite relative PNT in deep-space

Josiah Delange, Seth Frick, Joel Runnels, Demoz Gebre Egziabher, Kale Hedstrom

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Abstract

A prototype sensor designed to use of Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs) as signals of opportunity for relative positioning, navigation and timing (PNT)in deep-space applications is described. GRBs are intense and aperiodic electromagnetic emissions which can last from a few fractions of a second to hours in length. What makes them suitable for navigation is that they are ubiquitous and can be sensed easily. The design of and results from laboratory testing of a prototype GRB sensor known as the Gamma Ray Burst Incidence Detector (GRID) is presented. Concept of operation for relative PNT using GRBs in CubeSat missions is also described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium, PLANS 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages955-963
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781509020423
DOIs
StatePublished - May 26 2016
EventIEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium, PLANS 2016 - Savannah, Georgia
Duration: Apr 11 2016Apr 14 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium, PLANS 2016

Other

OtherIEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium, PLANS 2016
CountryGeorgia
CitySavannah
Period4/11/164/14/16

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