Volume 10, 2018Progress in Flight Dynamics, Guidance, Navigation, and Control – Volume 10
|Page(s)||3 - 20|
|Published online||08 June 2018|
Guidance and navigation for rendezvous with an uncooperative target
Airbus Defence and Space 1 Airbus-Allee, Bremen 28199, Germany
This paper presents a guidance strategy for a rendezvous with an uncooperative target. In the applied design reference mission, a spiral approach is commanded ensuring a collision-free relative orbit due to e/i-vector separation. The dimensions of the relative orbit are successively reduced by Δv commands which at the same time improve the observability of the relative state. The navigation is based on line-of-sight measurements. The relative state is estimated by an extended Kalman filter (EKF). The performance of this guidance and navigation strategy is demonstrated by extensive Monte Carlo simulations taking into account all major uncertainties like measurement errors, Δv execution errors, and differential drag.
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