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Cassini-Huygens maneuver automation for navigationMany times during the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn, propulsive maneuvers must be spaced so closely together that there isn't enough time or workforce to execute the maneuver-related software manually, one subsystem at a time. Automation is required. Automating the maneuver design process has involved close cooperation between teams. We present the contribution from the Navigation system. In scope, this includes trajectory propagation and search, generation of ephemerides, general tasks such as email notification and file transfer, and presentation materials. The software has been used to help understand maneuver optimization results, Huygens probe delivery statistics, and Saturn ring-plane crossing geometry. The Maneuver Automation Software (MAS), developed for the Cassini-Huygens program enables frequent maneuvers by handling mundane tasks such as creation of deliverable files, file delivery, generation and transmission of email announcements, generation of presentation material and other supporting documentation. By hand, these tasks took up hours, if not days, of work for each maneuver. Automated, these tasks may be completed in under an hour. During the cruise trajectory the spacing of maneuvers was such that development of a maneuver design could span about a month, involving several other processes in addition to that described, above. Often, about the last five days of this process covered the generation of a final design using an updated orbit-determination estimate. To support the tour trajectory, the orbit determination data cut-off of five days before the maneuver needed to be reduced to approximately one day and the whole maneuver development process needed to be reduced to less than a week..
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Goodson, Troy
Attiyah, Amy
Buffington, Brent
Hahn, Yungsun
Pojman, Joan
Stavert, Bob
Strange, Nathan
Stumpf, Paul
Wagner, Sean
Wolff, Peter
Wong, Mau
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
January 22, 2006
Subject Category
Meeting Information
2006 AAS/AIAA SpaceFlight Mechanics Meeting(Tampa, FL)
Distribution Limits
propulsion maneuvers
Maneuver Automation Software (MAS)

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