EXPERIMENTAL DEMONSTRATION OF GPS AS A RELATIVE SENSOR FOR FORMATION FLYING SPACECRAFT

Tobe Corazzini, Andrew Robertson, John Carl Adams, Arash Hassibi, and Jonathan P. How

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Abstract: The development of a GPS-based relative position and attitude sensing system in a laboratory environment is presented, with application to spacecraft formation flying. Previous papers have discussed the demonstration of spacecraft rendezvous and capture in two dimensions, in a fully functional indoor GPS environment using simulated spacecraft on an air-bearing table [l]. The work presented in this paper extends the previous GPS- based sensing to a formation of three prototype spacecraft, and experimentally demonstrates very accurate real-time solutions (5 2 cm and 5 0.5 deg errors) for the three relative vehicle positions and attitudes. In addition, candidate estimation architec- tures for the three vehicle formations are studied in simulation. Search-based techniques for carrier-phase integer ambiguity resolution are also demonstrated on simulation data.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 45, Number 3
Pages: 195 - 208
Cite this article: Corazzini, Tobe, Robertson, Andrew, Adams, John Carl, Hassibi, Arash, How, Jonathan P., "EXPERIMENTAL DEMONSTRATION OF GPS AS A RELATIVE SENSOR FOR FORMATION FLYING SPACECRAFT", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 45, No. 3, Fall 1998, pp. 195-208.
https://doi.org/10.1002/j.2161-4296.1998.tb02382.x
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