William T. McDonald and Dr. Robert G. Stern

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Abstract: THIS PAPER SURVEYS deep space navigation and guidance technology. The types of deep space missions to be flown establish navigation and guidance requirements, and three general categories of missions are described. Current guidance and navigation techniques are next described. Trends in current research are discussed, and projections evidenced by these trends are pointed out. The implications of hardware developments on space missions are briefly discussed. The advent of microelectronics is of major importance for highly complex, automated space missions which are now being planned. The complexity, both operational and computational, of space navigation is pointed out. The central problem facing researchers, the Simplification of on board navigation procedures, is emphasized.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 14, Number 4
Pages: 416 - 433
Cite this article: McDonald, William T., Stern, Dr. Robert G., "SPACE NAVIGATION", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 14, No. 4, Winter 1967-1968, pp. 416-433.
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