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Relative Navigation

  • Nadjim Horri
  • Phil Palmer
Chapter
Part of the Space Technology Library book series (SPTL, volume 31)

Abstract

Satellite formations are being considered for a large variety of current and future space missions including in-orbit inspection, SAR interferometry, magnetospheric observation and gravimetry. In the case of cooperative satellite formations, differential GPS, radiofrequency and optical navigation techniques have been demonstrated as viable approaches for relative navigation on a number of recent space missions. Future challenges include accurate relative navigation and positioning in six degrees of freedom, with the limited power and computational resources of small satellites. This article explains the relative navigation requirements and their dependency on the space applications. The software and hardware challenges on relative navigation for future satellite formations are also described.

Keywords

Global Position System Orbit Determination Global Position System Receiver Differential Global Position System Relative Orbit 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank Luke Sauter from the Astrodynamics group at the Surrey Space Centre for his useful advice, particularly with regards to collision avoidance.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Surrey Space CentreUniversity of SurreySurreyUK

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