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dc.contributor.authorZappulla, Richard II
dc.contributor.authorPark, Hyeongjun
dc.contributor.authorVirgili-Llop, Josep
dc.contributor.authorRomano, Marcello
dc.date14-18 February 2016
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-14T00:23:00Z
dc.date.available2016-12-14T00:23:00Z
dc.date.issued2016-02
dc.identifier.otherAAS 16-459
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/50864
dc.description26th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics meeting, Napa, Californiaen_US
dc.description.abstractNumerous missions over the past decades have pushed the state-of-the-art in au- tonomous rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO). The paramount require- ment for the various guidance algorithms performing RPO is obstacle avoidance. The Artificial Potential Function (APF) method is one such method that provides robust obstacle avoidance while attempting to complete RPO objectives. How- ever, inherent to its formulation, it is not optimal; as such, an Adaptive Artificial Potential Function (AAPF) method has been developed in an effort to reduce fuel consumption while still providing effective and flexible obstacle avoidance that is offered by traditional (APF) guidance methods. In this paper, the APF and AAPF guidance methods are developed from a theoretical standpoint and experimentally tested in a RPO-like environment in order to validate previous simulations. The experiments are performed using the Spacecraft Robotics Laboratory (SRL) Float- ing Spacecraft Simulator (FSS) test bed. The FSS test bed consists of a highly planar, polished, 15-ton granite-monolith, atop which spacecraft simulators float on approximately five microns of compressed air. Lastly, implementation consid- erations and experimental results are discussed.en_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleExperiments on Autonomous Spacecraft Rendezvous and Docking Using an Adaptive Artificial Potential Field Approachen_US
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentMechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAS)


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