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dc.contributor.advisor Spanos, Pol D.
dc.contributor.advisor Zanetti, Renato
dc.creatorCrouse, Brian
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-25T01:38:48Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-25T01:38:48Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/61858
dc.description.abstract Four measurement options for Orion autonomous optical lunar navigation are analyzed using linear covariance analysis methods. The measurements include a feature tracking camera measurement, star landmark elevation measurement, star horizon elevation measurement, and star occultation measurement. Based on trade studies performed, the star landmark measurement is superior to the star horizon measurement closer to the lunar surface, while the horizon sensor has better performance above an altitude of several thousand kilometers. The feature tracking camera performs comparably to the star landmark measurement. The star occultation camera is the worst performer throughout all trajectories due to the inability to include measurements continuously. However, its ability to take occultation measurements on the sunlit or eclipsed side of the Moon makes it a valuable aid to the crater-based measurements, which can only be taken over a sunlit surface.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectAerospace engineering
dc.title Autonomous optical navigation for lunar missions
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Mechanical Engineering
thesis.degree.discipline Engineering
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science
dc.identifier.citation Crouse, Brian. "Autonomous optical navigation for lunar missions." (2009) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/61858.


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