Optical hybrid navigation in Hayabusa - Approach, station keeping & hovering

Takashi Kominato, Masatoshi Matsuoka, Masashi Uo, Tatsuaki Hashimoto, Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

15 Citations (Scopus)


Hayabusa (MUSES-C), of which mission is to establish and demonstrate the various technologies required for the future planetary exploration missions, performed an approach to rendezvous with its target asteroid Itokawa and has performed a proximity operation including station keeping and hovering around Itokawa. In order to navigate and to guide the spacecraft to Itokawa, it made highly use of optical hybrid navigation technique combined with the radio-metric information obtained on the ground. Hayabusa is equipped with a sophisticated autonomous navigation and guidance function including onboard image processing and the like. This paper reports how those autonomous capabilities have been utilized in the actual flight operation, at the same time showing the flight results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpaceflight Mechanics 2006 - Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechnaics Meeting
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventSpaceflight Mechanics 2006 - AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechnaics Meeting - Tampa, FL, United States
Duration: 2006 Jan 222006 Jan 26

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume124 II
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


ConferenceSpaceflight Mechanics 2006 - AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechnaics Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityTampa, FL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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