There are up to twenty various spacecraft in preparation or in planning stage for launches toward Mars till early 2000s around the world. In Japan, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) is currently planning to launch the PLANET-B spacecraft in 1998, carrying, among other scientific instruments for Martian aeronomy, an optical imaging instrument;Mars Imaging Camera (MIC). Since the orbit of PLANET-B intersects those of Martian satellites Phobos/Deimos, close-up image of those satellites can be obtained. However, due to the communication delay between the spacecraft and the Earth, autonomous imaging of satellites is required. The purpose of this paper is to establish the ground verification system for the autonomous imaging of a target from a spin-stabilized spacecraft like PLANET-B. We use a three-axis motion simulator to emulate spacecraft spin and a moving carrier of scaled model of Phobos/Deimos for simulating the relative motion between the spacecraft and Phobos/Deimos.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Advances in the Astronautical Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Aerospace Engineering
- Space and Planetary Science