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GPS-Based Relative Navigation for the Proba-3 Formation Flying Mission

Ardaens, Jean-Sébastien and D'Amico, Simone and Cropp, Alexander (2013) GPS-Based Relative Navigation for the Proba-3 Formation Flying Mission. Acta Astronautica, 91, pp. 341-355. Elsevier. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2013.06.025 ISSN 0094-5765

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094576513002154

Abstract

The primary objective of the Proba-3 mission is to build a solar coronagraph composed of two satellites flying in close formation on a high elliptical orbit and tightly controlled at apogee. Both spacecraft will embark a low-cost GPS receiver, originally designed for low-Earth orbits, to support the mission operations and planning during the perigee passage, when the GPS constellation is visible. The paper demonstrates the possibility of extending the utilization range of the GPS-based navigation system to serve as sensor for formation acquisition and coarse formation keeping. The results presented in the paper aim at achieving an unprecedented degree of realism using a high-fidelity simulation environment with hardware-in-the-loop capabilities. A modified version of the flight-proven PRISMA navigation system, composed of two single-frequency Phoenix GPS receivers and an advanced real-time onboard navigation filter, has been retained for this analysis. For several-day long simulations, the GPS receivers are replaced by software emulation to accelerate the simulation process. Special attention has been paid to the receiver link budget and to the selection of a proper attitude profile. Overall the paper demonstrates that, despite a limited GPS tracking time, the onboard navigation filter gets enough measurements to perform a relative orbit determination accurate at the centimeter level at perigee. Afterwards, the orbit prediction performance depends mainly on the quality of the onboard modeling of the differential solar radiation pressure acting on the satellites. When not taken into account, this perturbation is responsible for relative navigation errors at apogee up to 50 m. The errors can be reduced to only 10 m if the navigation filter is able to model this disturbance with 70% fidelity.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/88026/
Document Type:Article
Title:GPS-Based Relative Navigation for the Proba-3 Formation Flying Mission
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Ardaens, Jean-Sébastienjean-sebastien.ardaens (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
D'Amico, Simonesimone.damico (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Cropp, Alexanderalexander.cropp (at) esa.intUNSPECIFIED
Date:2013
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:91
DOI :http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2013.06.025
Page Range:pp. 341-355
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0094-5765
Status:Published
Keywords:Formation flying; Highly elliptical orbit; GPS navigation
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:03 Feb 2014 15:37
Last Modified:10 Jan 2019 15:39

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