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Technical Session X: Mission Enabling Technologies 1

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Star trackers can provide full information about satellite attitude information from a single sensor. In this paper, we examine the feasibility of designing attitude determination systems using only star trackers. Star trackers can provide direct inertial attitude estimates without the need for sensor fusion, but current sensors are not robust enough to provide effective attitude estimates in all mission scenarios. Specific technical capabilities must be developed before star tracker only schemes could be practical. To this end, we discuss the performance, robustness, and survivability requirements that would be demanded of a star tracker only system and illustrate important developmental milestones delivered by the recently developed S3S star tracker. To illustrate the star tracker only approach, we present a case study showing variant designs for the CanX-4/5 satellites.

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Aug 11th, 4:14 PM

Towards Star Tracker Only Attitude Estimation

Star trackers can provide full information about satellite attitude information from a single sensor. In this paper, we examine the feasibility of designing attitude determination systems using only star trackers. Star trackers can provide direct inertial attitude estimates without the need for sensor fusion, but current sensors are not robust enough to provide effective attitude estimates in all mission scenarios. Specific technical capabilities must be developed before star tracker only schemes could be practical. To this end, we discuss the performance, robustness, and survivability requirements that would be demanded of a star tracker only system and illustrate important developmental milestones delivered by the recently developed S3S star tracker. To illustrate the star tracker only approach, we present a case study showing variant designs for the CanX-4/5 satellites.