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Autonomous Miniaturized Distributed Space Systems

Friday, February 25, 2022
3:00pm to 4:00pm
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Simone D'Amico, Associate Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University,

Two key trends are revolutionizing the way humans conduct spaceflight, namely, the miniaturization of satellites (e.g., micro- and nano-satellites) and the distribution of payload tasks among multiple coordinated units (e.g., formation-flying, on-orbit servicing, fractionation, swarms). The combination of these approaches promises breakthroughs in space science (e.g., imaging of earth-like planets, characterization of gravitational waves), remote sensing (e.g., synthetic aperture radar interferometry, aeronomy, gravimetry), and space exploration (e.g., lifetime extension, assembly of structures, space debris removal). Irrespective of the specific application, future miniature distributed space missions require a high level of autonomy to maintain and reconfigure the relative motion of the participating vehicles within the prescribed accuracy and range of operations. Especially on small spacecraft, these requirements are hard to meet due to the limited resources, and the chief goal of current research and development is to pave the way for the autonomous Guidance, Navigation, & Control (GN&C) of "self-driving nanosatellites". This presentation addresses new miniature distributed space instruments and the related GN&C algorithms under development at the Stanford's Space Rendezvous laboratory.

For more information, please contact Michael Stramenga by email at [email protected] or visit https://caltech.zoom.us/j/86256843351?pwd=Z3RsU3R6WXRQMERzL3lFNTNqRXNZQT09.