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Acta Astronautica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 486)
Advances in Aerospace Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 67)
Advances in Aerospace Science and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Advances in Astronautics Science and Technology     Hybrid Journal  
Advances in Space Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 455)
Aeronautical Journal, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Aerospace     Open Access   (Followers: 58)
Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Aerospace Science and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 424)
Aerospace Scientific Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Aerospace Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Aerospace technic and technology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Aerotecnica Missili & Spazio : Journal of Aerospace Science, Technologies & Systems     Hybrid Journal  
AIAA Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1179)
Air Force Magazine     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Air Medical Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Annual of Navigation     Open Access   (Followers: 22)
Artificial Satellites     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
ASTRA Proceedings     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Astrodynamics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Aviation     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Aviation Advances & Maintenance     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Aviation in Focus - Journal of Aeronautical Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Aviation Week     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 438)
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 33)
CEAS Aeronautical Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Chinese Journal of Aeronautics     Open Access   (Followers: 20)
Ciencia y Poder Aéreo     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Civil Aviation High Technologies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Control Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 317)
Cosmic Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
COSPAR Colloquia Series     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Egyptian Journal of Remote Sensing and Space Science     Open Access   (Followers: 24)
Elsevier Astrodynamics Series     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Fatigue of Aircraft Structures     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Gyroscopy and Navigation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 255)
IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 275)
IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 383)
IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39)
International Journal of Aeroacoustics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39)
International Journal of Aerodynamics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36)
International Journal of Aeronautical and Space Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Aerospace Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 81)
International Journal of Aerospace Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
International Journal of Aerospace Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 31)
International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Aviation Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Aviation Technology, Engineering and Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Crashworthiness     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
International Journal of Satellite Communications Policy and Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
International Journal of Space Science and Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
International Journal of Space Structures     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
International Journal of Space Technology Management and Innovation     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
International Journal of Sustainable Aviation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Turbo and Jet-Engines     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Investigación Pecuaria     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Aerodynamics     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
Journal of Aeronautical Materials     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Aeronautics & Aerospace Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 28)
Journal of Aerospace Engineering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 68)
Journal of Aerospace Engineering & Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Journal of Aerospace Information Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Journal of Aerospace Information Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Journal of Aerospace Technology and Management     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Aircraft     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 339)
Journal of Aircraft and Spacecraft Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Airline and Airport Management     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Astrobiology & Outreach     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Engineering and Technological Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 204)
Journal of KONBiN     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Navigation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 279)
Journal of Propulsion and Power     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 609)
Journal of Space Safety Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate     Open Access   (Followers: 27)
Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 772)
Journal of Spatial Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of the American Helicopter Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Journal of the Astronautical Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Life Sciences in Space Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
MAD - Magazine of Aviation Development     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Mekanika : Jurnal Teknik Mesin i     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Microgravity Science and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
New Space     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Nonlinear Dynamics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
npj Microgravity     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Open Aerospace Engineering Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Population Space and Place     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Problemy Mechatroniki. Uzbrojenie, lotnictwo, inżynieria bezpieczeństwa / Problems of Mechatronics. Armament, Aviation, Safety Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 45)
Progress in Aerospace Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 80)
Propulsion and Power Research     Open Access   (Followers: 67)
REACH - Reviews in Human Space Exploration     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Research & Reviews : Journal of Space Science & Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
RocketSTEM     Free   (Followers: 6)
Russian Aeronautics (Iz VUZ)     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Science and Education : Scientific Publication of BMSTU     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Space and Polity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Space Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
Space Research Today     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 48)
Space Safety Magazine     Free   (Followers: 51)
Space Science International     Open Access   (Followers: 192)
Space Science Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 97)
SpaceNews     Free   (Followers: 826)
Spatial Information Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Technical Soaring     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Transport and Aerospace Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Transportmetrica A : Transport Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Unmanned Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Вісник Національного Авіаційного Університету     Open Access   (Followers: 2)

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Journal of the Astronautical Sciences
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.461
Citation Impact (citeScore): 1
Number of Followers: 8  
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ISSN (Print) 0021-9142 - ISSN (Online) 2195-0571
Published by Springer-Verlag Homepage  [2626 journals]
  • Editorial
    • PubDate: 2021-01-22
  • Radiometric Autonomous Navigation Fused with Optical for Deep Space
    • Abstract: Abstract With the advent of the Deep Space Atomic Clock, operationally accurate and reliable one-way radiometric data sent from a radio beacon (i.e., a DSN antenna or other spacecraft) and collected using a spacecraft’s radio receiver enables the development and use of autonomous radio navigation. This work examines the fusion of radiometric data with optical data (i.e. OpNav) to yield robust and accurate trajectory solutions that include selected model reductions and computationally efficient navigation algorithms that can be readily adopted for onboard, autonomous navigation. The methodology is characterized using a representative high-fidelity simulation of deep space cruise, approach, and delivery to Mars. The results show that the combination of the two data types yields solutions that are almost an order of magnitude more accurate than those obtained using each data type by itself. Furthermore, the combined data solutions readily meet representative entry navigation requirements (in this case at Mars).
      PubDate: 2021-01-22
  • Optimal Landing Strategy on a Uniformly Rotating Homogeneous Rectangular
    • Abstract: Abstract Low-thrust, optimal strategies are investigated for making a smooth landing on a uniformly rotating, homogeneous rectangular parallelepiped while avoiding the sharp corners during the approach. The individual effects of principal spherical harmonic coefficients on the stability against impact are determined numerically. An iterative predictor-corrector algorithm is utilized to find a direct and retrograde family of equatorial orbits. Stability analysis of equatorial orbits confirms the fact that retrograde orbits are less prone to disturbances than direct orbits. For an optimal landing, each approach trajectory begins from a stable equatorial orbit, and terminates at a prescribed landing point. The optimality conditions are given by Euler-Lagrange equations, and the associated two-point boundary value problem is solved by a collocation method with additional path constraints, and its results are compared with those of a direct nonlinear programming search technique. It is observed that a smaller energy expenditure is required for a landing made further away from the initial location such that sufficient time is allowed for the spacecraft to remain in an unforced orbital trajectory for a majority of the trajectory. A sample inclined orbit is also studied for a possible non-planar optimal approach in the body-fixed frame, and further investigated for various landing locations.
      PubDate: 2020-12-02
  • Sensor Configuration Trade Study for Navigation in Near Rectilinear Halo
    • Abstract: Abstract Deep Space Gateway is a NASA program planned to support deep space human exploration and prove new technologies needed to achieve it. One Gateway requirement is the ability to operate in the absence of communications with the Deep Space Network (DSN) for a period of at least three weeks. In this paper, three types of onboard sensors (a camera for optical navigation, a GPS receiver, and X-ray navigation) are considered to enhance its autonomy and reduce the reliance on DSN. A trade study is conducted to explore alternatives on how to achieve autonomy and how to reduce DSN dependency while satisfying navigation performance requirements. Using linear covariance analysis, error budgets, and sensitivity analysis, the performance of navigation systems using combinations of DSN with the aforementioned onboard sensors is shown.
      PubDate: 2020-12-01
  • Design Of Lunar-Gravity-Assisted Escape Trajectories
    • Abstract: Abstract Lunar gravity assist is a means to boost the energy and C3 of an escape trajectory. Trajectories with two lunar gravity assists are considered and analyzed. Two approaches are applied and tested for the design of missions aimed at Near-Earth asteroids. In the first method, indirect optimization of the heliocentric leg is combined to an approximate analytical treatment of the geocentric phase for short escape trajectories. In the second method, the results of pre-computed maps of escape C3 are employed for the design of longer Sun-perturbed escape sequences combined with direct optimization of the heliocentric leg. Features are compared and suggestions about a combined use of the approaches are presented. The techniques are efficiently applied to the design of a mission to a near-Earth asteroid.
      PubDate: 2020-12-01
  • A Multi-Objective, Multi-Agent Transcription for the Global Optimization
           of Interplanetary Trajectories
    • Abstract: Abstract Distributed Spacecraft Missions present challenges for current trajectory optimization capabilities. When tasked with the global optimization of interplanetary Multi-Vehicle Mission (MVM) trajectories specifically, state-of-the-art techniques are hindered by their need to treat the MVM as multiple decoupled trajectory optimization subproblems. This shortfall blunts their ability to utilize inter-spacecraft coordination constraints and may lead to suboptimal solutions to the coupled MVM problem. Only a handful of platforms capable of fully-automated multi-objective interplanetary global trajectory optimization exist for single-vehicle missions (SVMs), but none can perform this task for interplanetary MVMs. We present a fully-automated technique that frames interplanetary MVMs as Multi-Objective, Multi-Agent, Hybrid Optimal Control Problems (MOMA HOCP). This framework is introduced with three novel coordination constraints to explore different coupled decision spaces. The technique is applied to explore the preliminary design of a dual-manifest mission to the Ice Giants: Uranus, and Neptune, which has been shown to be infeasible using only a single spacecraft anytime between 2020 and 2070.
      PubDate: 2020-12-01
  • Generating Solutions for Periodic Orbits in the Circular Restricted
           Three-Body Problem
    • Abstract: Abstract This paper proposes a method for calculating the periodic orbits in the Circular Restricted Three-Body Problem. The solution is based on the continuation method with a parameter. The parameter is the angular velocity of rotation of the attracting masses around their barycenter. Analytical periodic solutions of the problem of two fixed attracting masses serve as generating solutions. Seven possible generating solutions are described. Numerical examples of the initial conditions are given for the Earth–Moon system, making it possible to calculate the described orbits and their graphic illustrations.
      PubDate: 2020-12-01
  • Adaptive Attitude Controller Design for a Rigid Satellite with Feedback
           Linearization Approach
    • Abstract: Abstract This paper investigates a novel adaptive attitude controller design for rigid microsatellite based on feedback linearization approach, in which an accurate attitude pointing is required within a strict power limitation for space environment. The control strategy is performed to guarantee the stability of the satellite attitude under the effect of uncertain actuator parameters such as torque magnitude error and misalignment. The controller estimates the total torque fault through an observer in order to provide a reliable attitude control during the satellite manoeuvre. The stability of the closed-loop dynamic of the designed control law is proven via Lyapunov analysis. Finally, a comparative study with the well-known controllers from the literature is examined through numerical simulations to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed control method.
      PubDate: 2020-12-01
  • Bounding Homotopy Method for Minimum-Time Low-Thrust Transfer in the
           Circular Restricted Three-Body Problem
    • Abstract: Abstract Solving minimum-time low-thrust orbital transfer problems in the three-body problem by indirect methods is an extremely difficult task, which is mainly due to the small convergence domain of the optimal solution and the highly nonlinear nature associated with the three-body problem. Homotopy methods, the principle of which is to embed a given problem into a family of problems parameterized by a homotopic parameter, have been utilized to address this difficulty. However, it is not guaranteed that the optimal solution of the original problem can be obtained by most of the existing homotopy methods. In this paper, a new bounding homotopy method is proposed, by which the continuous homotopy path can be constructed and the optimal solution of the original problem is guaranteed to be found. In the parameter bounding homotopy method, an initialized problem with much higher thrust is constructed and a state-of-the-art parameter bounding homotopy approach is utilized to connect separated homotopy branches outside the predefined domain of the homotopic parameter. Furthermore, multiple optimal solutions of the original problem can be obtained if the homotopic approach continues after the first solution, among which the best solution can be figured out. Finally, numerical solutions of minimum-time low-thrust orbital transfers from GEO to Moon orbit and from GTO to halo orbit in the circular restricted three-body problem are provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the homotopy method.
      PubDate: 2020-12-01
  • Probability of Collision Estimation and Optimization Under Uncertainty
           Utilizing Separated Representations
    • Abstract: Abstract Many current applications of maneuver design to astrodynamics consider a deterministic case, where statistics or uncertainty is left unquantified. When including constraints based on the probability of collision, any solution must be robust to the uncertainty of the system. This paper considers the methodology of separated representations for orbit uncertainty propagation and its subsequent application to a reliability design formulation of the maneuver design problem. Separated representations is a polynomial surrogate method that has been shown to be both efficient at propagating uncertainty when considering high stochastic dimension and accurate over long propagation times. This efficiency is leveraged to improve tractability when solving the reliability design problem using optimization under uncertainty. Two sequential, potential collisions are considered in the results of this paper, with one object able to maneuver. The optimization problem therefore seeks to avoid both collisions. The probability of each collision is estimated via large numbers of samples propagated via the separated representation. The accuracy of the surrogates is compared to that of a Monte Carlo reference, and the variability of the estimated probabilities of collision is analyzed.
      PubDate: 2020-12-01
  • Deorbiter CubeSat System Engineering
    • Abstract: Abstract This paper presents the mission concept and engineering design of a debris-removing nanosatellite called Deorbiter CubeSat, within the framework of NASA’s Pre-Phase A studies. The spacecraft is designed based on the utilization of an eight-unit form factor, and is intended for the removal of predetermined sizable debris objects from the low Earth orbit. A number of attitude and orbit determination sensors and control actuators are included on the CubeSat, which are employed during the rendezvous, attachment, and deorbiting operations. Upon attaching to a debris, the CubeSat stabilizes the rotational motion of the debris, and then proceeds to reducing the debris orbit size, in order to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere and burn up due to the high atmospheric density. The engineering design of Deorbiter CubeSat is outlined, and the selected components are detailed. The selected components are commercially available and have long space heritage. System’s mass budget is analyzed, and preliminary component costs are estimated. Three scenarios for the Deorbiter CubeSat mission operations are considered, and the spacecraft power budget and components duty cycles are investigated for each scenario. In light of the results, the feasibility of each scenario for the Deorbiter CubeSat mission is discussed.
      PubDate: 2020-12-01
  • Closed-Loop Software Architecture for Spacecraft Optical Navigation and
           Control Development
    • Abstract: Abstract A software architecture is discussed to develop, run, and test novel autonomous visual spacecraft navigation and control methods in a realistic simulation. This architecture harnesses two main components: a high-fidelity, faster-than-real-time, astrodynamics simulation framework; and a sister software package to dynamically visualize the simulation environment. Maneuvers such as fly-bys and orbit insertions occur over short periods of time and must occur autonomously. Yet, there are no open-source software packages that provide fully coupled spacecraft environments and Flight Software (FSW) enabling Optical Navigation (OpNav) mission scenarios. The presented tool consists of the Basilisk∗ astrodynamics framework interfacing with a Unity-based visualization Vizard that provides a synthetic image stream of a camera sensor. This modular and extensible setup allows optical guidance, navigation and control (GNC) algorithms to be run in a closed-loop format purely in software. The optical measurements are generated in the visualization and passed to the simulation, allowing for real-time control and decision making. This Vizard software has the ability to import shape-models, planet maps, and move into an instrument point-of-view. Paired with open-source image processing libraries, these combined components provide all the necessary pieces to fully simulate autonomous, closed-loop, OpNav scenarios in a faster-than-real-time configuration. This allows for progress in the autonomy sector, as full-fledged FSW can be tested in a real flight environment. Furthermore, this enables more realistic and extensive testing of the software, which in turn increases reliability of the GNC methods as they are refined. This paper presents the Basilisk and Vizard interface architecture, its performance, and develops a example scenario. The image processing methods are displayed and the visualization scenes are validated for pointing purposes, which in turns allows to develop an autonomous pointing algorithm developed in this software environment.
      PubDate: 2020-12-01
  • Optical Properties of Thermal Control Coatings after Exposure to
           90 keV Electrons
    • Abstract: Abstract Thermal control paints are widely used in spacecraft industry to protect the spacecraft/satellite surfaces from the deleterious effects of the space environment. Dynamic reflectivity of spacecraft materials must be taken into account for improved space situational awareness (SSA). Additionally, a thorough characterization of each spacecraft material’s optical properties while on orbit can be used for designing of spacecraft surfaces for optimal thermal properties throughout a mission lifetime. This work presents the initial experimental results on performance of different organic and inorganic thermal control paints manufactured by AZ Technology exposed to various fluences of high energy (90 keV) electrons, designed to simulate a portion of the geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO) space environment. In-vacuo reflectance spectroscopy was utilized to qualify and quantify radiation induced changes of optical properties in the studied coupons of thermal control paints.
      PubDate: 2020-11-21
  • An Adaptive Analytic Continuation Method for Computing the Perturbed
           Two-Body Problem State Transition Matrix
    • Abstract: Abstract In this work, the Taylor series based technique, Analytic Continuation is implemented to develop a method for the computation of the gravity and drag perturbed State Transition Matrix (STM) incorporating adaptive time steps and expansion order. Analytic Continuation has been developed for the two-body problem based on two scalar variables f and gp and their higher order time derivatives using Leibniz rule. The method has been proven to be very precise and efficient in trajectory propagation. The method is expanded to include the computation of the STM for the perturbed two-body problem. Leibniz product rule is used to compute the partials for the recursive formulas and an arbitrary order Taylor series is used to compute the STM. Four types of orbits, LEO, MEO, GTO and HEO, are presented and the simulations are run for 10 orbit periods. The accuracy of the STM is evaluated via RMS error for the unperturbed cases, symplectic check for the gravity perturbed cases and error propagation for the gravity and drag perturbed orbits. The results are compared against analytical and high order numerical solvers (ODE45, ODE113 and ODE87) in terms of accuracy. The results show that the method maintains double-precision accuracy for all test cases and 1-2 orders of magnitude improvement in linear prediction results compared to ODE87. The present approach is simple, adaptive and can readily be expanded to compute the full spherical harmonics gravity perturbations as well as the higher order state transition tensors.
      PubDate: 2020-11-16
  • On-Orbit Observations of Conjuncting Space Objects Prior to the Time of
           Closest Approach
    • Abstract: Abstract Conjunction assessment of space objects in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) generally uses information collected by ground-based space surveillance sensors. These sensors track both the primary object (normally an active satellite) and the secondary object (typically space debris). The tracking data is used to update both objects’ orbits for collision risk assessment. The primary satellite’s involvement in this process is that of a satellite in jeopardy - the primary satellite does not usually contribute tracking data on the secondary as they are typically unequipped to do so. In this paper, an examination how an at-risk LEO primary satellite could obtain optical tracking data on a secondary object prior to the Time of Closest Approach (TCA) and assess its own collision risk without the need for additional ground-based space surveillance data is performed. This analysis was made possible by using in-situ optical measurements of space objects conjuncting with the Canadian NEOSSat Space Situational Awareness R&D microsatellite. By taking advantage of the near “constant-bearing, decreasing range” observing geometry formed during a LEO conjunction, NEOSSat can collect astrometric and photometric measurements of the secondary object in the time prior to TCA, or in the multiple half-orbits preceding TCA. This paper begins by describing the in-situ phenomenology of optically observed conjunctions in terms of the observing approach, geometry and detected astrometric and photometric characteristics. It was found that conjuncting objects are detectable to magnitude 16 and astrometric observations can be used for position covariances in the computation of probability of collision. Illustrative examples are provided. In orbits prior to TCA, in-track positioning error is improved by a factor of two or more by processing space-based observations on a filtered position estimate of the secondary. However, cross-track positioning knowledge is negligibly improved due to the inherent astrometric measurement precision of the NEOSSat sensor and the oblique observing geometry during conjunction observations. A short analysis of object detectability where star trackers could be used to perform similar observations finds that larger payload-sized objects would generally be detectable. However, smaller debris objects would require higher sensitivity from the star tracker if employed for optical conjunction derisk observations.
      PubDate: 2020-11-11
  • Nonlinear Controller Design for a Flexible Spacecraft
    • Abstract: Abstract This paper combines the nonlinear Udwadia-Kalaba control approach with the Assumed Mode Method to model flexible structures and derives an attitude controller for a spacecraft. The study case of this paper is a satellite with four flexible cantilever beams attached to a rigid central hub. Two main topics are covered in this paper. The first one is the formulation of the equation of motion and the second one is the nonlinear controller design. The combination of these two techniques is able to provide a controller that damps the vibration of a flexible structure while achieving the desired rigid-motion state.
      PubDate: 2020-10-23
  • A Deep Learning Approach to Hazard Detection for Autonomous Lunar Landing
    • Abstract: Abstract A deep learning approach is presented to detect safe landing locations using LIDAR scans of the Lunar surface. Semantic Segmentation is used to classify hazardous and safe locations from a LIDAR scan during the landing phase. Digital Elevation Maps from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission are used to generate the training, validation, and testing dataset. The ground truth is generated using geometric techniques by evaluating the surface roughness, slope, and other hazard avoidance specifications. In order to train a robust model, artificially generated training data is augmented to the training dataset. A UNet-like neural network structure learns a lower dimensional representation of LIDAR scan to retain essential information regarding safety of the landing locations. A softmax activation layer at the bottom of the network ensures that the network outputs a probability of a safe landing spot. The network is also trained with a cost function that prioritizes the false safes to achieve a sub 1% false safes value. The results presented show the effectiveness of the technique for hazard detection. Future work on electing one landing spot based on proximity to the intended landing spot and the size of safety region around it is motivated.
      PubDate: 2020-10-21
  • Real-Time Plume Detection and Segmentation Using Neural Networks
    • Abstract: Abstract Applications of artificial intelligence have been gaining extraordinary traction in recent years across innumerable domains. These novel approaches and technological leaps permit leveraging profound quantities of data in a manner from which to elucidate and ease the modeling of arduous physical phenomena. ExoAnalytic collects over 500,000 resident space object images nightly with an arsenal of over 300 autonomous sensors; extending the autonomy of collection to data curation, anomaly detection, and notification is of paramount importance if elusive events are desired to be captured and classified. Efforts begin with rigorous image annotation of observed glints, streaking stars, and resident space objects with plumes from debris shedding events. Preliminary results permitted the successful classification of observed debris generating events from AMC-9, Telkom-1, and Intelsat-29e. After initial proof-of-concept, these events are incorporated into the training pipeline in order to characterize potentially unknown debris generating or anomalous events in future observations. The inclusion of a visual tracking system aides in reducing false alarms by roughly 30%. Future efforts include applications on both historical datamining as well as real-time indications and warnings for satellite analysts in their daily operations while maintaining a low probability of false alarm through detection and tracking algorithm refinement.
      PubDate: 2020-10-13
  • Precise Formation-Flying Telescope in Target-Centric Orbit: the Solar Case
    • Abstract: Abstract We present the general concept of a telescope with optics and detectors mounted on two separate spacecrafts, in orbit around the telescope’s target (scopocentric or target-centric orbit), and using propulsion to maintain the Target-Optics-Detector alignment and Optics-Detector distance. Specifically, we study the case of such a telescope with the Sun as the target, orbiting at \(\sim \) 1 AU. We present a simple differential acceleration budget for maintaining Target-Optics-Detector alignment and Optics-Detector distance, backed by simulations of the orbital dynamics, including solar radiation pressure and influence of the planets. Of prime interest are heliocentric orbits (such as Earth-trailing/leading orbits or Distant Retrograde Orbits), where thrust requirement to maintain formation is primarily in a single direction (either sunward or anti-sunward), can be quite minuscule (a few m/s/year), and preferably met by constant-thrust engines such as solar electric propulsion or even by solar sailing via simple extendable and/or orientable flaps or rudders.
      PubDate: 2020-09-22
  • Multiple Heterogeneous Sensor Tasking Optimization in the Absence of
           Measurement Feedback
    • Abstract: Abstract Observations of resident space objects generated by sensors are the primary method of maintaining knowledge of the object states. With the increasing number of objects, efficient sensor allocation is becoming integral. This requires the coordination of multiple sensors with different capabilities in an optimized manner. While the optimization is greatly simplified if instantaneous communication between the sensors can be assumed and immediate processing is available, this is not a realistic setup. Information exchange and processing induces time delays that are longer than the time available to plan and start the sensor tasking step, without unnecessarily idling the sensor. In this paper, a method is introduced to form efficient sensor tasking in a multi-sensor system, without immediate communication between the sensors and observation processing, in the following called feedback. The coordination is exemplified using two sensors, with different fields of view in a follow-up scenario of objects in the geosynchronous region. The efficiency of the method is evaluated using the two line element catalog.
      PubDate: 2020-09-09
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