Autonomous optical guidance and navigation around asteroids

Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi, Tatsuaki Hashimoto, Takashi Misu, Shujiro Sawai

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An impending demand for exploring the small bodies such as the comets and the asteroids envisioned the Japanese MUSES-C mission to the near Earth asteroid Nereus. An autonomous optical guidance and navigation strategy around the asteroid is discussed in this paper. Four major new schemes are dealt with here: They are (1) Aligned intercept guidance, (2) Strategic building of the flight phases, (3) Image processing of line-of-sight shift information instead of characteristic point tracking, and (4) Stability and accuracy analysis associated with the guidance and navigation strategies developed here. Some comprehensive numerical illustrations are also given to support them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-280
Number of pages14
JournalActa Astronautica
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Mar
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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