Neus Monge-Raluy and Isabel Gortazar-Martinez (second year students of the Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering) published an AIAA paper (AIAA 2018-2624) within the scope of their Master Thesis entitled ’Asteroid Dynamics Estimation in a Solely Vision-Based Navigation System’, under the supervision of Professor Emmanuel Zenou. The publication was presented at SpaceOps2018, the 15th International Conference of Space Operations.
Asteroids are leftover materials from the formation of the Solar System, being targeted in many deep space missions. Estimation techniques are being designed to aim at characterizing their shape and dynamics, key for the space missions breakthrough. On this basis, with the final goal of providing the next-generantion of space probes with solely vision-based navigation systems on-board, Isabel and Neus present a purely geometrical alternative to the traditional estimation techniques, in order to characterise them at the earliest phases of the missions. A simulation model and an experimental setup assessed the algorithm’s performance, which turns out to be very accurate and robust, even when introducing high levels of noise.
We would like to congratulate them on this wonderful publication and wish them a great success in their future careers.