Title: NAVIGATION NEAR THE MOON BY MEANS OF LUNAR-BASED BEACONS
Author(s): Thomas M. Carson
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 17, Number 3
Pages: 213 - 218
Cite this article: Carson, Thomas M., "NAVIGATION NEAR THE MOON BY MEANS OF LUNAR-BASED BEACONS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 17, No. 3, Fall 1970, pp. 213-218.
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Abstract: A NETWORK OF RADAR BEACONS on the moon is envisioned as an aid to navigation of vehicles operating in the vicinity of the moon. These could operate in conjunction with earth-based tracking, or as an autonomous system. Only two beacons, located more or less along the vehicle track, are necessary to give reasonable trajectory determination. The most favorable locations are given for gaining that information about the trajectory which is most difficult to determine from earth-based tracking alone. Results are shown, obtaining from a computer simulation of the estimation problem, which indicate that to get good performance only modest accuracy is required of the lunar beacon data.