Image-based attitude propagation for small satellites using RANSAC

Samir A. Rawashdeh, James E. Lumpp

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This work develops a star-based attitude propagator that uses relative motion of stars in an imager's field of view to infer the motion of a satellite by calculating relative attitude estimates in three degrees of freedom. Algorithms to perform the star detection, correspondence using the random sample consensus (RANSAC), and attitude propagation are presented. The work presented here overviews the approach, describes the developed algorithms, evaluates experimental results, and offers component selection for a CubeSat imaging system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6965744
Pages (from-to)1864-1875
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2014

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  • Cameras
  • Extraterrestrial measurements
  • Gyroscopes
  • Position measurement
  • Satellites
  • Sensors
  • Vectors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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