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Performance Simulation of Autonomous Solar NavigationThe performance of a new type of autonomous solar navigation system is analyzed in this paper. Such efficient autonomous navigation systems will reduce operation costs and alleviate the Deep Space Network workload in future space missions. The method is demonstrated by applying it to the STEREO mission. Orbit determination is simulated through the use of the mission-defined trajectory profile and solar angular data acquired by the on-board science instruments currently being considered. The study shows that the orbit solution derived by this new type of solar navigation system can satisfy the mission's navigation requirements; the position uncertainties obtained in the simulations are well below the mission allowable values, and are comparable to the results obtained with the conventional Doppler tracking system in some cases.
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Acquisition Source
Goddard Space Flight Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Guo, Yanping
(Johns Hopkins Univ. Laurel, MD United States)
Strikwerda, Thomas E.
(Johns Hopkins Univ. Laurel, MD United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1999
Publication Information
Publication: 1999 Flight Mechanics Symposium
Subject Category
Space Communications, Spacecraft Communications, Command And Tracking
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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