USE OF A LASER NAVIGATION SENSOR FOR AUTOMATIC RENDEZVOUS AND DOCKING

Peter M. Kachmar, William Chu, and Robert J. Polutchko

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Abstract: New mission requirements for earth, lunar, and Mars space programs require the development of an automatic rendezvous and docking system capability. Paramount to the development of this system is the capability to provide precise relative state knowledge in position, velocity, attitude, and attitude rate between the target and chaser vehicles. Use of a laser sensor in combination with an appropriately configured navigation filter can provide the desired navigation accuracy. This paper explores the filter configuration, design considerations, and subsequent performance of a laser sensor applied to an autonomous rendezvous and docking system. Shuttle rendezvous and docking are used to demonstrate the generic navigation system concepts.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 39, Number 1
Pages: 51 - 78
Cite this article: Kachmar, Peter M., Chu, William, Polutchko, Robert J., "USE OF A LASER NAVIGATION SENSOR FOR AUTOMATIC RENDEZVOUS AND DOCKING", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 39, No. 1, Spring 1992, pp. 51-78.
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