Autonomous path planning for on-orbit servicing vehicles

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.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Space Vehicles
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.

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