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Satellite servicing docking system with Event-based cameras

Project Member(s): Vidal Calleja, T.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Investment NSW (Space Research Network)
Investment NSW (Space Research Network)

Start year: 2023

Summary: Automated satellite docking is a prerequisite for most future on-orbit servicing missions. Whether it is refuelling, diagnostics, control recovery, de-orbiting or component replacement, the servicing spacecraft must dock to a client satellite before it can perform its mission. This project will focus on developing a novel guidance, navigation and control (GNC) system for docking two satellites in a semi-autonomous mode based on event-based cameras. The proposed event-based camera GNC system will enable low latency, low power consumption, minimum motion blur, high-dynamic range imagining, and the ability to compensate for unpredictable environmental factors in real-time and adjust the motion planning accordingly. The system designed under this project will become a foundation for future semi-autonomous systems in on-orbit servicing applications.

FOR Codes: Satellite technologies, networks and services, Field robotics, Satellite, space vehicle and missile design and testing