Accession Number : ADA192662

Title :   Satellite Attitude Determination Using a CCD (Charge-Coupled-Device) Star Camera.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER TOPOGRAPHIC LABS FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s) : Gray, Connie

PDF Url : ADA192662

Report Date : 08 Oct 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : The star tracker experiment will demonstrate accurate, near real time, autonomous satellite attitude determination using a state-of-the-art charge-coupled-device star camera. The experiment will fly on a NASA spacecraft, designed to carry and support experimental payloads, and launched for a 40-hour mission from the space shuttle, and then retrieved for return to earth. The new camera and attitude software represent a significant step toward spacecraft autonomy. The experiment design and algorithm are discussed, along with a brief description of the data analysis plans. Features needed to improve the system to support a mapping application are also discussed.

Descriptors :   *SATELLITE ATTITUDE, *STAR TRACKERS, *ASTRONOMICAL CAMERAS, ALGORITHMS, ATTITUDE(INCLINATION), AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION, CAMERAS, CHARGE COUPLED DEVICES, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DETERMINATION, MAPPING, PAYLOAD, REAL TIME, SPACE SHUTTLES, SPACECRAFT, STARS, STATE OF THE ART

Subject Categories : Space Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE