McInnes, C. R. (2000) Autonomous path planning for on-orbit servicing vehicles. Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 53(1/2), pp. 26-38.
On-orbit servicing has long been considered as a means of reducing mission costs. While automated on-orbit servicing of satellites in LEO and GEO has yet to be realised, the International Space Station (ISS) will require servicing in a number of forms for re-supply, external visual inspection and maintenance. This paper will discuss a unified approach to path planning for such servicing vehicles using artificial potential field methods. In particular, path-constrained rendezvous and docking of the ESA Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) at the ISS will be investigated as will mission and path planning tools for the Daimler-Chrysler Aerospace ISS Inspector free-flying camera. Future applications for free-flying microcameras and co-operative control between multiple free-flyers for on-orbit assembly will also be considered.
|Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:||UNSPECIFIED|
|Authors:||McInnes, C. R.|
|Subjects:||T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics|
|College/School:||College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Aerospace Sciences|
|Journal Name:||Journal of the British Interplanetary Society|
|Publisher:||British Interplanetary Society|
|Copyright Holders:||Copyright © British Interplanetary Society 2000|
|First Published:||First published in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society 53(1/2):26-38|
|Publisher Policy:||Reproduced with the permission of the Publisher.|