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Advanced Algorithm Development for Guidance, Navigation, and Control for Spacecraft


Space Vehicles Directorate, RV/Space and Planetary Sciences

RO# Location
13.40.01.B8481 Kirtland Air Force Base, NM 871175776


Name E-mail Phone
Baldwin, Morgan C 505.846.9600


This project seeks to develop new methods, techniques, and algorithms for challenging spacecraft guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) problems. Specifically, this topic seeks to (1) develop improved guidance and control algorithms that provide improved robustness and performance in the face of systemic uncertainties (e.g., modeling errors), are adaptive to such errors to enable performance in spite of errors, provide solutions for mission assurance and mission safety (e.g., fail-safe qualities), enable efficient use of spacecraft resources (fuel, power, etc.), and are reconfigurable based on shifting mission priorities; and (2) develop improved estimation algorithms for relative and inertial navigation that process alternative signals and measurements onboard the spacecraft such that accurate and robust navigation solutions under system uncertainties are guaranteed. Research proposals that address one or more of these topics from a theoretical or experimental point of view are of interest. This research can use the experimental facilities at AFRL, including a spherical air bearing attitude control and determination testbed, image-based spacecraft navigation facilities, rendezvous & proximity operations simulation capabilities, and autonomous multi-spacecraft testbeds.


Spacecraft; Guidance; Control; Navigation; Dynamics; Estimation; Optimal; Autonomous; Signals;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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