Title: Satellite relative motion determination during separation using image processing

Authors: Danil Ivanov; Stanislav Karpenko; Mikhail Ovchinnikov; Marianna Sakovich

Addresses: Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics RAS, Miusskaya Sq., 4 Moscow, Russia ' 'SputniX' Ltd, Skolkovo Village, Novaya Str., 4, Moscow, Russia ' Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics RAS, Miusskaya Sq., 4, Moscow, Russia ' Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Institutsky Lane 9, Dolgoprudny City, Moscow Region, Russia

Abstract: Satellite relative position and attitude determination algorithm by video processing is developed. The algorithm is numerically simulated and studied. Relative state determination accuracy depending on a distance and pre-defined points image size is investigated. Microsatellite 'Chibis-M' and spaceship 'Progress-13M' relative motion after separation is determined by the algorithm.

Keywords: formation flying; relative motion; image processing; satellite motion; satellite separation; satellite position determination; satellite attitude determination; video processing; numerical simulation; microsatellites; spacecraft.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSPACESE.2014.066963

International Journal of Space Science and Engineering, 2014 Vol.2 No.4, pp.365 - 379

Received: 12 Apr 2014
Accepted: 26 Aug 2014

Published online: 18 Jan 2015 *

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