On-the Fly Merging of Attitude Solutions

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Recent advances in autonomous attitude determination instrumentation enable even small satellites flying fully autonomous multi head star trackers providing full accurate and robust attitude information. Each sensor provides the full attitude information but for robustness and optimal usage of the available information, i.e. optimal accuracy, methods for merging such data should be investigated. The need for and desirability of attitude merging depends on the mission objective and available resources. To enable real-time attitude control and reduce requirements on download budget, on-board merging of attitude data will often be advantageous. This should be weighted against the need for post observation reconstruction of attitudes, especially needed when end products are sensitive to optimal attitude reconstruction. Instrument integrated merging algorithms will reduce the complexity of on-board AOCS. Methods for attitude merging are many. Two examples of merging methods taking into consideration anisotropic noise distributions are presented and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmall Satellites for Earth Observation : Selected Contributions
Number of pages406
Publication date2008
ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-6942-0
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event6th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation - German Aerospace Center, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 23 Apr 200726 Apr 2007
Conference number: 6


Conference6th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation
LocationGerman Aerospace Center


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