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Flight Demonstration of Non-Cooperative Rendezvous using Optical Navigation

D'Amico, S. and Ardaens, Jean-Sebastien and Gaias, G. and Schlepp, Benjamin and Benninghoff, Heike and Tzschichholz, T. and Karlsson, T. and Jørgensen, J. L. (2012) Flight Demonstration of Non-Cooperative Rendezvous using Optical Navigation. 23th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics, October 29 - November 2, 2012, Pasadena, CA, USA.

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The ultimate goal of this work is to demonstrate the capability of a maneuverable servicer spacecraft to rendezvous with a non-cooperative space resident object from far-range distance using optical angles-only measurements. To this end, the Advanced Rendezvous experiment using GPS and Optical Navigation (ARGON) has been executed during the extended phase of the PRISMA formation-flying mission in April 2012. This paper addresses the experiment design, the developed flight dynamics system, the obtained flight results, and the lessons learned. Furthermore the evaluation of the rendezvous tracking, navigation and control accuracy is performed by means of GPS-based precise relative orbit determination products. The presented results give a clear demonstration of the high readiness level reached by key technologies which are needed by future on-orbit servicing and debris-removal missions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/80871/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Title:Flight Demonstration of Non-Cooperative Rendezvous using Optical Navigation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
D'Amico, S.Simone.Damico (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Ardaens, Jean-SebastienJean-Sebastien.Ardaens (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Gaias, G.Gabriella.Gaias (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schlepp, BenjaminBenjamin.Schlepp (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Benninghoff, HeikeHeike.Benninghoff (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0836-9171
Tzschichholz, T.Tristan.Tzschichholz (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Karlsson, T.thomas.karlsson (at) ohb-sweden.seUNSPECIFIED
Jørgensen, J. L.jlj (at) space.dtu.dkUNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2012
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:optical navigation, rendezvous, flight data, autonomy, on-orbit servicing, formation flying
Event Title:23th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics
Event Location:Pasadena, CA, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:October 29 - November 2, 2012
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignment
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - no assignment (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Space Flight Technology
Deposited By: D'Amico, Simone
Deposited On:24 Jan 2013 08:48
Last Modified:01 Dec 2018 19:49

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