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.

author list (cited authors)

  • Borissov, S., & Mortari, D.

publication date

  • January 2014