Multi-purpose Avionic Architecture for Vision based Navigation systems for EDL and Surface Mobility scenarios

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A.Tramutola, D. Paltro, M. P. Cabalo Perucha, G.Paar

DASIA 2015 , 1/2015


Vision Based Navigation (VBNAV) has been identified as a valid technology to support space exploration because it can improve autonomy and safety of space missions. Several mission scenarios can benefit from the VBNAV: Rendezvous & Docking, Fly-Bys, Interplanetary cruise, Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) and Planetary Surface exploration. For some of them VBNAV can improve the accuracy in state estimation as additional relative navigation sensor or as absolute navigation sensor. For some others, like surface mobility and terrain exploration for path identification and planning, VBNAV is mandatory. This paper presents the general avionic architecture of a Vision Based System as defined in the frame of the ESA R&T study ``Multi-purpose Vision-based Navigation System Engineering Model - part 1 (VisNav-EM-1)'' with special focus on the surface mobility application.