Title: Autonomous One-Way Deep Space Navigation Methods and Clock Stability Requirements
Author(s): Y. Meng, W. Lei, W. Lei, L. Bian, Y. Wang, X. Wang
Published in: Proceedings of the 30th International Technical Meeting of The Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation (ION GNSS+ 2017)
September 25 - 29, 2017
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon
Pages: 1678 - 1687
Cite this article: Meng, Y., Lei, W., Lei, W., Bian, L., Wang, Y., Wang, X., "Autonomous One-Way Deep Space Navigation Methods and Clock Stability Requirements," Proceedings of the 30th International Technical Meeting of The Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation (ION GNSS+ 2017), Portland, Oregon, September 2017, pp. 1678-1687.
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Abstract: Autonomous navigation for spacecraft is not possible using two-way tracking today, but it is crucial during critical event such as when a spacecraft inserts into orbit around a planet in deep space exploration. As the Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC) diminishes in size and increases in stability, the accuracies of one-way radiometric observations are improved and can reach the demands of onboard one-way deep space spacecraft navigation using one or more ground transmitting stations on the earth. This paper is dedicated to the autonomous one-way onboard navigation with DSAC based uplink range and integrated Doppler observations coupled with inertial measurements onboard. Two non-trivial novel autonomous navigation approaches that uses one-way uplink observations and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) are developed to provide completely absolute real-time deep space navigation. The developed approaches are verified by application on an example of Earth-to-Jupiter one-way real-time navigation.