Image-based visual servoing for the super-orbital re-entry of Hayabusa Spacecraft

Khan, Razmi Qaseem, Eichmann, Troy N., Buttsworth, David R. and Upcroft, Benjamin (2011). Image-based visual servoing for the super-orbital re-entry of Hayabusa Spacecraft. In: Tom Drummond and Wai Ho Li, ACRA 2011 Proceedings. 2011 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, Melbourne, Australia, (1-10). 7 - 9 December 2011.

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Author Khan, Razmi Qaseem
Eichmann, Troy N.
Buttsworth, David R.
Upcroft, Benjamin
Title of paper Image-based visual servoing for the super-orbital re-entry of Hayabusa Spacecraft
Conference name 2011 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 7 - 9 December 2011
Proceedings title ACRA 2011 Proceedings
Journal name Proceedings of the 2011 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation
Place of Publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Monash University
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
ISBN 9780980740424
Editor Tom Drummond
Wai Ho Li
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This paper presents an image-based visual
servoing system that was used to track the
atmospheric Earth re-entry of Hayabusa. The
primary aim of this ground based tracking
platform was to record the emission spectrum
radiating from the superheated gas of the shock
layer and the surface of the heat shield during reentry.
    To the author’s knowledge, this is the first
time that a visual servoing system has
successfully tracked a super-orbital re-entry of a
spacecraft and recorded its spectral signature.
Furthermore, we improve the system by
including a simplified dynamic model for feedforward
control and demonstrate improved
tracking performance on the International Space
Station (ISS).
     We present comparisons between simulation
and experimental results on different target
trajectories including tracking results from
Hayabusa and ISS. The required performance for
tracking both spacecraft is demanding when
combined with a narrow field of view (FOV).
We also briefly discuss the preliminary results
obtained from the spectroscopy of the
Hayabusa’s heat shield during re-entry.
Q-Index Code E1
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Institutional Status UQ

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