Spacecraft Navigation

Navigation solutions under development in Rensselaer’s SEAL address a variety of critical areas for future spaceflight missions.
Using images of planets, moons, and stars to determine a spacecraft’s position, velocity, and orientation.
Navigating two or more spacecraft relative to one another for on-orbit rendezvous, proximity operations, and docking (RPOD).

Developing new algorithms to estimate a spacecraft’s orbit from available measurements and without prior knowledge of the orbit.