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In-orbit experience and lessons learned from the AVANTI experiment

Gaias, Gabriella and Ardaens, Jean-Sébastien (2018) In-orbit experience and lessons learned from the AVANTI experiment. Acta Astronautica. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2018.01.042 ISSN 0094-5765

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094576517312602


This work addresses flight results and practical challenges of the Autonomous Vision Approach Navigation and Target Identification in-orbit demonstration. This endeavor realized a fully autonomous rendezvous to a noncooperative target in low Earth orbit, in the separation ranges between tens of kilometers to 50 m, relying exclusively on angles-only observations extracted from pictures collected by a monocular, far-range, camera system. By considering experiment commissioning and execution phases, a total of two months of in-orbit experience could be collected, making AVANTI the most authoritative benchmark for designing the first phase of the approach for future active debris removal missions. Accordingly, this work revisits how crucial design decisions revealed decisive to the success of the mission and how they impacted the obtained experiment performances. As conclusion, such lessons learned gained from the flight campaign are reshaped as design guidelines for handing over the peculiar guidance navigation and control system - referred as to AVANTI-concept - to future rendezvous missions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/120683/
Document Type:Article
Title:In-orbit experience and lessons learned from the AVANTI experiment
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Gaias, Gabriellagabriella.gaias (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Ardaens, Jean-Sébastienjean-sebastien.ardaens (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.actaastro.2018.01.042
Keywords:Active debris removal, Noncooperative rendezvous, Angles-only navigation Autonomy, Formation-flying, Flight demonstration
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Infrastruktur und Unterstützung für Raumflugbetrieb
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training
Deposited By: Ardaens, Jean-Sebastien
Deposited On:06 Jul 2018 16:31
Last Modified:27 Jan 2020 16:24

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