Stellar Positioning System Part I: Applying Ancient Theory to a Modern World Conference Paper uri icon


  • Two different theoretical approaches to the position determination problem are presented, one matrix-based and the other vector-based. Both approaches are designed for implementation in an autonomous Stellar Positioning System (SPS) that uses the following measurement sources: an astronomical camera, a clock, and a set of two inclinometers. Before presenting each of the algorithms, the reference frames utilized are defined. The two position estimation techniques are then individually presented, followed by a discussion of real-world gravity and geometry model refinements. Copyright 2008 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.

name of conference

  • AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit

published proceedings

  • AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit

author list (cited authors)

  • Parish, J., Parish, A., Swanzy, M., Woodbury, D., Mortari, D., & Junkins, J.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Parish, Julie||Parish, Allen||Swanzy, Michael||Woodbury, Drew||Mortari, Daniele||Junkins, John

publication date

  • August 2008