PhD Studentship: Enhancing Autonomous Guidance & Navigation with Deep Learning AI …

Project Refence: NGCM-0087 As space missions become increasingly complex and robotic missions exceedingly ambitious, there is a growing need for autonomous capabilities on-board spacecraft. One such example is the close proximity operations around non-cooperative bodies, which is a key technology required to enable robotic active space debris removal or satellite refuelling missions. Autonomous navigation and automatic decision-making are crucial capabilities for critical parts of the mission. These concepts not only involve challenges in close formation flying, but eventually docking or capture operations as well. For such operations, extremely accurate sensing techniques will be needed to provide on-board, precise, real-time estimates of the spacecraft dynamical state relative to the target body. Though the working principles of navigation sensors are relatively mature after decades of in-orbit rendez-vous and docking operations, recent advancesā€¦


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