Estimation of angular momentum using artificial markers for the capture of non-cooperative space debris targets

Tetsuya Kusumoto, Yuki Takao, Osamu Mori, Junichiro Kawaguchi

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Abstract

The removal of space debris from an orbit is one of the definitive solutions to the increasing Earth-orbiting satellites issue. To achieve active removal of space debris, accurate estimation of the state of motion of the target is crucial. In addition to that, a safe approach is preferable. Many strategies have been proposed for estimation of motion of a non-cooperative target, but there are still problems with regards to conducting precise, robust and cost-effective estimation in real-time. This study proposes a new strategy to solve this issue - a real-time and practical method based on optical navigation around small bodies. A computer simulation results show the efficacy of the proposed method and verifies that it can be a viable option for use in the capture of non-cooperative space debris targets.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Volume2020-October
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event71st International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 2020 Oct 122020 Oct 14

Keywords

  • Active Debris Removal
  • Angular Momentum
  • Artificial Markers
  • Attitude Estimation
  • Non-cooperative Target
  • Space Debris

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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