Jean-Sébastien Ardaens delivers a seminar on angles-only relative navigation

Mr. Jean-Sébastien Ardaens, from the German Space Operations Center (GSOC) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), delivered a seminar this Thursday, 19 December 2019, at PoliMi’s Department of Aerospace Science and Technology. Invited by the COMPASS project, he discussed about recent developments and on-orbit experiments on angles-only relative navigation in low Earth orbit.

Line-of-sight navigation is a simple and inexpensive method to rendezvous with a noncooperative object in space. In his talk, Mr. Ardaens presented the possibilities and practical challenges posed by this navigation method, sharing his practical experience from DLR/GSOC on-orbit demonstration missions ARGON (2012) and AVANTI (2016). The seminar was followed by many students of the Orbital Mechanics Master’s course, who enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the practical applications of the theoretical concepts studied during the course.

We thank Mr. Ardaens for his visit and hope to host him again at PoliMi soon!