DIDINSKY; GARRY (Total 15 Patents Found)

A system and method for determining the attitude in an inertial frame of a spacecraft spinning about an axis in a body frame including determining momentum vector direction in the inertial frame; determining momentum vector direction in the body frame; acquiring information from an at least single-axis sensor; obtainin...
High precision spacecraft attitude determination is produced by specially positioning the spacecraft's star trackers and then filtering out measurement errors produced from star tracker electronics. In addition to the conventional azimuth and elevation controls used for star tracker pointing, the star tracker detec...
A method and apparatus for estimating attitude sensor bias in a satellite system uses attitude sensors and a spacecraft control processor. Attitude sensors provide output signals, which may contain bias. The present invention interprets the signals, determines the bias present in the signals, and generates an output si...
A system and method of estimating the attitude of a spacecraft is disclosed. A three-axis inertial-based estimate of spacecraft attitude is produced and is compared to a stellar-based estimate of spacecraft attitude. A Kalman filter having states associated with gyro scale factor and/or misalignment errors compares the...
High precision spacecraft (108) attitude determination is produced by specially positioning (100) the spacecraft's star trackers (112) and then filtering (102) out measurement errors produced from star tracker electronics (216). In addition to the conventional azimuth and elevation controls used for star tracker po...
A method and apparatus for autonomous acquisition of attitude in a stellar inertial spacecraft attitude system is disclosed. The present invention uses star trackers, an on-board star catalog, spacecraft steering and inertial sensors to determine spacecraft attitude. The present invention utilizes pattern match and pat...
A system and method of estimating the attitude of a spacecraft compares a three-axis inertial-based estimate of spacecraft attitude to a stellar-based estimate of the spacecraft attitude. A Kalman filter having some states associated with low spatial frequency errors compares the stellar-based attitude estimate to the ...
High precision spacecraft (108) attitude determination is produced by specially positioning (100) the spacecraft's star trackers (112) and then filtering (102) out measurement errors produced from star tracker electronics (216). In addition to the conventional azimuth and elevation controls used for star tracker po...
A star tracker coupled to the spacecraft having a star catalog associated therewith. A sun sensor is coupled to the spacecraft. A control processor is coupled to the star tracker and the sun sensor. The processor obtains star data using a star tracker and an on-board star catalog. The processor generates a coarse attit...