User interface design for moon-and-star night-sky observation experiments
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The common ways to test new attitude sensors (engineering models, or prototype units) usually requires, very expensive ground test equipments. This is why the development of alternative lower cost validation hardware and software for night-sky equipment, has grown so fast. Many of the existing sensors for attitude estimation can be validated by night sky experiments. This paper deal with the development of a software interface used to drive experiments for a Star Sensor, and a Moon-Sun sensor. It can be easily extended to similar tasks. The software proposed, among others, performs star identification, attitude estimation, attitude control, and local time synchronization.
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Bruccoleri, C., & Mortari, D.