Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Steven G. Tragesser, PhD
The feasibility of using a microsatellite to accomplish an orbital rendezvous with a noncooperative target was evaluated. This study focused on identifying and further exploring the technical challenges involved in achieving a noncooperative rendezvous. A system engineering analysis and review of past research quickly led to a concentration on the guidance, navigation, and control elements of the microsatellite operation. The integration of control and orbit determination algorithms was investigated. A simple yet robust solution could not be found to meet reasonable rendezvous criteria, using essentially off-the-shelf technology and algorithms. System feasibility has been assessed to have a low probability in the very near term.
DTIC Accession Number
Toso, Allen R., "Systems-Level Feasibility Analysis of a Microsatellite Rendezvous with Non-Cooperative Targets" (2004). Theses and Dissertations. 4125.