An iterative guidance and navigation algorithm for orbit rendezvous of cooperating cubeSats

BATTISTINI, Simone, DE ANGELIS, Giulio, PONTANI, Mauro and GRAZIANI, Filippo (2022). An iterative guidance and navigation algorithm for orbit rendezvous of cooperating cubeSats. Applied Sciences, 12 (18), p. 9250.

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<jats:p>Modern space missions often require satellites to perform guidance, navigation, and control tasks autonomously. Despite their limited resources, small satellites are also involved in this trend, as in-orbit rendezvous and docking maneuvers and formation flying have become common requirements in their operational scenarios. A critical aspect of these tasks is that these algorithms are very much intertwined with each other, although they are often designed completely independently of one another. This paper describes the design and simulation of a guidance and relative navigation architecture for the rendezvous of two cooperating CubeSats. The integration of the two algorithms provides robustness to the solution, by simulating realistic levels of noise and uncertainty in the guidance law implementation. The proposed guidance law is derived based on the linearized equations of orbital motion, written in terms of spherical coordinates. The trajectory is iteratively corrected at a fixed time step, so that errors from the navigation and the initial orbital condition can be recovered. The navigation algorithm processes the bearing and range measurements from a camera and an intersatellite link through an unscented filter to provide the information required from the guidance law. A Monte Carlo campaign based on a 3-DOF simulation demonstrates the effectiveness of the proposed solution.</jats:p>

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Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2022 14:24
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