Special Issue "Spacecraft Detection and Pose Estimation"

A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310). This special issue belongs to the section "Astronautics & Space Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 621

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Yanfang Liu
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Guest Editor
School of Astronautics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
Interests: object detection; deep neural networks; pose estimation; non-cooperative targets; reinforcement learning
College of Astronautics, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016, China
Interests: aerospace vehicle dynamics and control
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Spacecraft detection and pose estimation, i.e., the process of identifying and determining the position and orientation of spacecraft in space, is an important area of research in the field of aerospace engineering. Accurate pose estimation is critical for a variety of applications including communication, navigation, control, and spacecraft guidance, as well as scientific research, especially for on-orbit manipulation, spacecraft rescuing, and cleaning.

However, spacecraft targets are often small and distant, and the background is often complex and dynamic, with significant changes in illumination and the potential for occlusion. These factors can make detection challenging and can increase the likelihood of missed or false detections. Moreover, obtaining real spacecraft data can be challenging, and there may be significant domain gaps between the simulated data and real-world data, which can impact the performance of the model.

Designing an effective spacecraft detection and pose estimation algorithm that can adapt to complex environments and domain gaps is a challenging task. However, recent advances in computer vision offer promising solutions. The development of such an algorithm has great theoretical and practical value and can significantly improve the operation and management of spacecraft in space.

To explore this topic further, we are launching a Special Issue in the "Aerospace" journal on "Spacecraft Detection and Pose Estimation". We invite experts and scholars in related fields to submit high-quality research papers for publication.

All research reviews and papers related to spacecraft detection and pose estimation can be submitted, including (but not limited to) the following:

(1) Datasets and domain gaps for space tasks;
(2) Spacecraft detection and pose estimation;
(3) Visual navigation for spacecraft operations;
(4) Hardware for vision and learning in space;
(5) Approach for mitigating effect of space environment;
(6) Space debris monitoring and mitigation;
(7) Spacecraft tracking.

Dr. Yanfang Liu
Prof. Dr. Shuang Li
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Aerospace is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • spacecraft
  • domain gap
  • object detection
  • pose estimation
  • visual navigation
  • visual tracking

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