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Center Innovation Fund: JPL CIF

Demonstration of Autonomous Navigation for Deep Space CubeSat

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Demonstration of Autonomous Navigation for Deep Space CubeSat
Develop a testbed to test vision-based autonomous navigation algorithms that emulates the capabilities of JPL’s reference 6U CubeSat Flight system. Perform an end-to-end demonstration of autonomous navigation in CubeSat-relevant environment. Assess the applicability of IntelliCam camera for autonomous navigation and required calibration... Mount Intellicam on Table Mountain Observatory and image asteroids against star backgrounds, process images with automated software to obtain star and asteroid centroids, Assess accuracy achievable by camera and software, run AutoNav on Intellicam testbed using realistic, simulated images with error characteristics from TMO data, demonstrate end-to-end navigation performance More »

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