Autonomous Capture of a Tumbling Satellite

Ioannis Rekleitis, Eric Martin, Guy Rouleau, R\'{e}gent L'Archev\^{e}que, Kourosh Parsa, Erick Dupuis
Journal of Field Robotics, Special Issue on Space Robotics, Part II
Apr. 2007
[120 citations]


Abstract: In this paper, we describe a framework for the autonomous capture and servicing of satellites. The work is based on laboratory experiments that illustrate the autonomy and remote-operation aspects. The satellite-capture problem is representative of most on-orbit robotic manipulation tasks where the environment is known and structured, but it is dynamic since the satellite to be captured is in free flight. Bandwidth limitations and communication dropouts dominate the quality of the communication link. The satellite-servicing scenario is implemented on a robotic test-bed in laboratory settings. The communication aspects were validated in transatlantic tests.



  author       = {Ioannis Rekleitis and Eric Martin and Guy Rouleau and
		 R\'{e}gent L'Archev\^{e}que and Kourosh Parsa and Erick
  title        = {Autonomous Capture of a Tumbling Satellite},
  journal      = {Journal of Field Robotics, Special Issue on Space
		 Robotics, Part II},
  year	       = {2007},
  volume       = {24},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {275--296},
  month        = {Apr.}

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