Using neuromorphic optical sensors for spacecraft absolute and relative navigation

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Shake, Christopher M.
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Bevilacqua, Riccardo
Mishra, Sandipan
Samuel, Johnson
Issue Date
2013-08
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Mechanical engineering
Degree
MS
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Abstract
We develop a novel attitude determination system (ADS) for use on nano spacecraft using neuromorphic optical sensors. The ADS intends to support nano-satellite operations by providing low-cost, low-mass, low-volume, low-power, and redundant attitude determination capabilities with quick and straightforward onboard programmability for real time spacecraft operations. The ADS is experimentally validated with commercial-off-the-shelf optical devices that perform sensing and image processing on the same circuit board and are biologically inspired by insects' vision systems, which measure optical flow while navigating in the environment. The firmware on the devices is modified to both perform the additional biologically inspired task of tracking objects and communicate with a PC/104 form-factor embedded computer running Real Time Application Interface Linux used on a spacecraft simulator. Algorithms are developed for operations using optical flow, point tracking, and hybrid modes with the sensors, and the performance of the system in all three modes is assessed using a spacecraft simulator in the Advanced Autonomous Multiple Spacecraft (ADAMUS) laboratory at Rensselaer.
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August 2013
School of Engineering
Department
Dept. of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
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