Autonomous position estimation for lunar orbiters Using a visible camera Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper presents a method for autonomous attitude and position (pose) estimation for spacecraft in lunar orbit, which may be used when a spacecraft loses communication with Earth. Using only on-board equipment, namely, a visible camera with the capability of taking multiple pictures featuring the Moon and stars, pose estimation is performed. A set of pictures of the stars will be used to estimate the direction towards the Moon, while a picture of the Moon will be used to estimate the distance between the observer and the Moon. Together, these will provide enough information to estimate inertial position.

published proceedings

  • Advances in the Astronautical Sciences

author list (cited authors)

  • Borissov, S., & Mortari, D.

complete list of authors

  • Borissov, S||Mortari, D

publication date

  • January 2014