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Accuracy performance of star trackers - a tutorial

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Liebe, C.C. ; Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA

An autonomous star tracker is an avionics instrument used to provide the absolute 3-axis attitude of a spacecraft utilizing star observations. It consists of an electronic camera and associated processing electronics. The processor has the capability to perform star identification utilizing an internal star catalog stored in firmware and to calculate the attitude quaternion autonomously. Relevant parameters and characteristics of an autonomous star tracker are discussed in detail

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 2 )