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Flight Results from the HST Relative Navigation Sensor Experiment

Presented by: Bo Naasz  (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
Category: Engineering Colloquia   Duration: 1 hour   Broadcast date: February 02, 2010
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In May of last year, Goddard engineers completed a successful on-orbit demonstration of the Relative Navigation Sensors (RNS) system. Flown in the cargo bay of Space Shuttle Atlantis during the highly successful Servicing Mission 4 (SM4) to the Hubble Space Telescope, the system captured and stored several hours of imagery of the Telescope during the Capture and Deploy phases of the mission. The system also processed Hubble imagery in real time, demonstrating onboard estimation of the position and orientation, or "pose" of the Telescope relative to the Shuttle. These technologies are necessary for future rendezvous and docking missions to Hubble, and are applicable to several other NASA missions including autonomous rendezvous and docking, precision landing, and surface navigation. This talk will present RNS pose estimation results.

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Bo Naasz's Presentation PDF document (.pdf)