STRaND-2: Visual inspection, proximity operations & nanosatellite docking

Christopher Bridges, Ben Taylor, Nadjim Horri, Craig Underwood, S. Kenyon, J. Barrera-Ars, L. Pryce, R. Bird

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    The Surrey Training Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator (STRaND) programme has been success in identifying and creating a leading low-cost nanosatellite programme with advanced attitude and orbit control system (AOCS) and experimental computing platforms based on smart-phone technologies. The next demonstration capabilities, that provide a challenging mission to the existing STRaND platform, is to perform visual inspection, proximity operations and nanosatellite docking. Visual inspection is to be performed using a COTS LIDAR system to estimate range and pose under 100 m. Proximity operations are controlled using a comprehensive guidance, navigation and control (GNC) loop in a polar form of the Hills Clohessy Wiltshire (HCW) frame including J2 perturbations. And finally, nanosatellite docking is performed at under 30 cm using a series of tuned magnetic coils. This paper will document the initial experiments and calculations used to qualify LIDAR components, size the mission thrust and tank requirements, and air cushion table demonstrations of the docking mechanism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference -
    Duration: 2 Mar 20139 Mar 2013


    Conference2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference
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    • Orbits
    • Valves
    • Laser radar
    • Imaging
    • Vectors
    • Lead
    • Trajectory

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Aerospace Engineering


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