(1) The proposed effort will deliver a positioning/metrology system based on smartphones that can be used for navigation and positioning control applications in space robotics. (2) Orientation and navigation in cubesat and smallsat missions. Automatic docking and maneuvering cubesats can be used for inspection tasks. Cubesats capable of vision-based navigation can be used to perform close-up science missions. (3) Other applications: orbital debris mitigation, cubesat or smallsat formation flying, spacecraft docking, space robotic systems.
1. The proposed Phase I effort will deliver a positioning/metrology system well suited for navigation and positioning control applications in Robotics when vision-based feedback is desirable, such as in automated docking or inspection tasks. 2. The proposed vision-based GN&C sensor would also be well suited for positioning, navigation and visual inspection tasks in Cubesats.