Autonomous lunar orbit navigation using optical sensors

Sun Hur-Diaz, Bill Bamford, Dave Gaylor

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

7 Scopus citations


Autonomous use of optical sensors for obtaining self-contained navigation solutions in a lunar orbit that are independent of ground or other external aids is explored. Tracking of multiple unknown landmarks on the Moon is considered along with a disk measurement providing range information from infrared sensors. Sensitivity of the navigation performance to sensor accuracy, measurement frequency, and initial error is assessed. Navigation performance obtained from tracking unknown landmarks is compared with performance obtained from tracking known landmarks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAstrodynamics 2007 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume129 PART 2
ISSN (Print)0065-3438

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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