Welcome to the new version of CaltechAUTHORS. Login is currently restricted to library staff. If you notice any issues, please email coda@library.caltech.edu
Published September 17, 2015 | metadata_only
Book Section - Chapter

New Guidance, Navigation, and Control Technologies for Formation Flying Spacecraft and Planetary Landing


This chapter describes recent advancements in the areas of guidance, navigation, and control of distributed spacecraft systems or spacecraft formation flying of swarms of 100-gram class spacecraft and planetary landing. A review of advances in perception technologies for on-board hazard detection and terrain relative navigation is presented. The second part of this chapter is devoted to the discussion of innovative research on spacecraft swarms. Spacecraft swarms, comprised of hundreds to thousands of small spacecraft will push the frontier of the existing formation flying concepts by maximizing the benefits of distributed spacecraft systems. Novel control strategies of handling such a large spacecraft network are presented by employing synchronization control on adaptive graphs and probabilistic swarm guidance strategies. Furthermore, new filtering techniques that enable tracking of a large number of space objects are discussed.

Additional Information

© 2016 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. The research was carried out in part at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with NASA. The following people are thanked for their contributions: Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay and Daniel Morgan at UIUC; Milan Mandic at JPL; and Adel El-Fallah and Aleksandar Zatezalo at SSCI.

Additional details

August 20, 2023
August 20, 2023