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Robust Navigation Solution for Vision-Based Autonomous Rendezvous

Comellini, Anthea and Maye, Florent and Dubanchet, Vincent and Casu, Davide and Zenou, Emmanuel and Espinosa, Christine Robust Navigation Solution for Vision-Based Autonomous Rendezvous. (2021) In: 2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 6 March 2021 - 13 March 2021 (Virtual, United States).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1109/AERO50100.2021.9438241


This paper proposes Thales Alenia Space vision-based navigation solution for close proximity operations in autonomous space rendezvous with non-cooperative targets. The proposed solution covers all the phases of the navigation. First, a neural network robustly extracts the target silhouette from complex background. Then, the binary silhouette is used to retrieve the initial relative pose using a detection algorithm. We propose an innovative approach to retrieve the object's pose using a precomputed set of invariants and geometric moments. The observation is extended over a set of consecutive frames in order to allow the rejection of outlying measurements and to obtain a robust pose initialization. Once an initial estimate of the pose is acquired, a recursive tracking algorithm based on the extraction and matching of the observed silhouette contours with the 3D geometric model of the target is initialized. The detection algorithm is run in parallel to the tracker in order to correct the tracking in case of diverging measurements. The measurements are then integrated into a dynamic filter, increasing the robustness of target pose estimation, allowing the estimation of target translational velocity and rotation rate, and implementing a computationally efficient delay management technique that allows merging delayed and infrequent measurements. The overall Navigation solution has a low computational load, which makes it compatible with space-qualified microprocessors. The solution is tested and validated in different close proximity scenarios using synthetic images generated with Thales Alenia Space rendering engine SpiCam.

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HAL Id:hal-03326739
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux - IMT Mines Albi (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse - INSA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Other partners > Thales (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:20 Jan 2021 12:12

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