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CubeSat Autonomous Rendezvous & Docking Software (CARDS)

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CubeSat Autonomous Rendezvous & Docking Software (CARDS)
This task creates spacecraft mission manager software to autonomously (i.e., without direct human operator intervention) maneuver a cubesat’s orientation and position relative to another vehicle in a proximity rendezvous and docking scenario from an initial distance of 1 km to a close in distance of 1 m. The algorithms are tailored for the unique resource and actuation limitations of a cubesat operating in low Earth orbit. The software will be demonstrated in real-time in the lab using an embedded microprocessor system that has cubesat flight heritage. More »

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