Results of new guidance and control strategies for landing on small bodies

Eric Joffre, Mattia Zamaro, Nuno Silva, Andres Marcos, Pedro V M Simplicio, Barbara Richardson

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Abstract

While common Descent and Landing strategies involve extended periods of forced motion, significant fuel savings could be achieved by exploiting the natural dynamics in the vicinity of the target. However, small bodies are characterised by perturbed and poorly known dynamics environments, calling for autonomous guidance, navigation and robust control. Airbus and the University of Bristol have been contracted by the UKSA to investigate the optimisation of landing trajectories,
including novel approaches from dynamical systems theory, and robust control techniques. This paper presents these techniques with an application to the strategic case of a mission to Phobos.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
Publication statusUnpublished - 2 Jun 2017
EventInternational ESA conference on guidance, navigation & control systems - Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 29 May 20172 Jun 2017
Conference number: 10th

Conference

ConferenceInternational ESA conference on guidance, navigation & control systems
Abbreviated titleGNC 2017
CountryAustria
CitySalzburg
Period29/05/172/06/17

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