Algorithms for safe spacecraft proximity operations

David Gaylor, Brent William Barbee

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Abstract

Future missions involving in-space servicing, repair, inspection, or rendezvous and docking require algorithms for safe, autonomous proximity operations. Algorithms for relative navigation, safe separation, and circumnavigation trajectory design are presented. The algorithms rely on safe, natural motion trajectories and covariance information from relative navigation to minimize the probability of spacecraft collision. The algorithms are described in the context of a space inspection mission where two attached spacecraft separate and one circumnavigates the other. These algorithms can also be applied to a variety of rendezvous or other proximity operations missions, whether autonomous or manually operated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Pages133-152
Number of pages20
Volume127 PART 1
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event17th Annual Space Flight Mechanics Meeting - Sedona, AZ, United States
Duration: Jan 28 2007Feb 1 2007

Other

Other17th Annual Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
CountryUnited States
CitySedona, AZ
Period1/28/072/1/07

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inspection
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Inspection
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repair
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Gaylor, D., & Barbee, B. W. (2007). Algorithms for safe spacecraft proximity operations. In Advances in the Astronautical Sciences (Vol. 127 PART 1, pp. 133-152)

Algorithms for safe spacecraft proximity operations. / Gaylor, David; Barbee, Brent William.

Advances in the Astronautical Sciences. Vol. 127 PART 1 2007. p. 133-152.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Gaylor, D & Barbee, BW 2007, Algorithms for safe spacecraft proximity operations. in Advances in the Astronautical Sciences. vol. 127 PART 1, pp. 133-152, 17th Annual Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Sedona, AZ, United States, 1/28/07.
Gaylor D, Barbee BW. Algorithms for safe spacecraft proximity operations. In Advances in the Astronautical Sciences. Vol. 127 PART 1. 2007. p. 133-152
Gaylor, David ; Barbee, Brent William. / Algorithms for safe spacecraft proximity operations. Advances in the Astronautical Sciences. Vol. 127 PART 1 2007. pp. 133-152
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