The autonomous vision system on TeamSat

Maurizio Betto, John Leif Jørgensen, Troels Riis

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    The second qualification flight of Ariane 5 blasted off-the European Space Port in French Guiana on October 30, 1997, carrying on board a small technology demonstration satellite called TeamSat. Several experiments were proposed by various universities and research institutions in Europe and five of them were finally selected and integrated into TeamSat, namely FIPEX, VTS, YES, ODD and the Autonomous Vision System, AVS, a fully autonomous star tracker and vision system. This paper gives short overview of the TeamSat satellite; design, implementation and mission objectives. AVS is described in more details. The main science objectives of the AVS were to verify, in space, multiple autonomous processes intended for spacecraft applications such as autonomous star identification and attitude determination, identification and tracking of non-stellar objects, imaging and real-time compression of image and science data for further ground analysis. AVS successfully determined the attitude and attitude dynamics of TeamSat.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of IEEE Aerospace Conference
    Publication date1999
    ISBN (Print)0-7803-5425-7
    Publication statusPublished - 1999
    Event1999 IEEE Aerospace Conference - Snowmass at Aspen, CO, United States
    Duration: 7 Mar 1999 → …


    Conference1999 IEEE Aerospace Conference
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySnowmass at Aspen, CO
    Period07/03/1999 → …
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