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TOPEX/POSIEDON AUTONOMOUS MANEUVER EXPERIMENT (TAME) IN-FLIGHT EXECUTION

By T. Kia, J. Mellstrom, A. Klumpp, H. S. Lin, P. Sanatar, K. Shen, P. Vaze and M. Nachman

Abstract

Autonomous spacecraft are becoming increasingly important for future space missions. Missions will continue to become more ambitious scien-tifically, and will demand more autonomy to accomplish complex tasks in uncertain environments and in close proximity to celestial bodies. Af-fordability is now an additional primary driver. The call is for smaller mis-sions with greatly reduced ground control and operation. Spacecraft with highly autonomous, goal-directed systems are required. We believe that autonomy, in addition to reducing mission operations costs, will enable science objectives not currently possible. Autonomous maneuver plan-ning and implementation is a key to future missions. The TOPEWPOSIEDON Autonomous Maneuver Experiment (TAME) is an experiment to provide the necessary algorithms for planning and exe-cuting attitude maneuvers and a thrusting Orbital Maintenance Maneuver (0") autonomously. TAME'S main module is the planner, an engine that, along with its auxiliary modules and a database, will reside on a

Year: 1998
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