Special Issue "Advances on Autonomous Navigation for Spacecraft Proximity Operations and Formation Flying: Algorithms Development and Verification Methods"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2023) | Viewed by 265
Interests: autonomous GNC; Artificial Intelligence; formation flying; proximity operations; spacecraft navigation; orbital dynamics
Spacecraft autonomous navigation has become the enabling technology for future space missions, entailing delicate operations around target bodies, being either cooperative spacecraft or uncooperative elements. Robust and adaptive autonomous systems are crucial to achieving mission objectives that require minimal interaction with the ground. The recent advent of artificial intelligence to solve specific shortcomings of classical algorithms has pushed the applicability of autonomous navigation to different scenarios and domains, from image processing to system identification. A major challenge that slows down the implementation of such algorithms in real space missions is the validation and verification process, which is objectively challenging given the hard reproducibility of the domain in which the system flies.
This Special Issue aims to provide an overview of recent advances in autonomous navigation for spacecraft proximity operations and formation flying as well as to establish the state of the art on V&V activities and facilities to increase the TRL of the algorithms. Authors are invited to submit full research articles and review manuscripts addressing (but not limited to) the following topics:
- Cooperative relative navigation sensors and architectures
- Uncooperative relative navigation sensors and architectures
- Line-of-sight navigation
- Range-only navigation
- Relative navigation filters
- Pose estimation techniques
- Artificial Neural Networks for image processing
- Artificial Neural Networks for temporal data processing
- Algorithms for system identification of unknown bodies
- Rendezvous and Proximity testing facilities
- Dataset generation, image rendering tools and functional engineering infrastructures for PIL/HIL verification activities
Dr. Stefano Silvestrini
Prof. Dr. Michèle Lavagna
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- autonomous navigation