Nasa goddard independent navigation results for osiris-rex initial encounter at bennu

Dolan E. Highsmith, Jason C. Swenson, Benjamin W. Ashman, Jeffrey L. Small, Andrew J. Liounis, Kenneth M. Getzandanner, Josh Lyzhoft, Jennifer E. Donaldson, David D. Rowlands, Erwan M. Mazarico, Michael C. Moreau, Jason M. Leonard, Coralie D. Adam, Peter G. Antreasian, Dante S. Lauretta

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Throughout the OSIRIS–REx initial encounter with asteroid Bennu, a variety of optical navigation and orbit determination processes were used in support of spacecraft operations. The OSIRIS–REx Flight Dynamics Team consists of engineers from KinetX Aerospace, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), and the Aerospace Corporation working as an integrated team. While KinetX is responsible for a majority of the official navigation deliveries for operations, NASA personnel perform independent assessments of navigation performance with Goddard heritage tools, while also providing surge or backup support for operations. This paper describes the Goddard independent navigation effort and highlights results from the Approach, Preliminary Survey, and Orbital A mission phases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2019
EditorsKenneth R. Horneman, Christopher Scott, Brian W. Hansen, Islam I. Hussein
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9780877036654
StatePublished - 2020
EventAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2019 - Portland, United States
Duration: Aug 11 2019Aug 15 2019

Publication series

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


ConferenceAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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