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Rendezvous Navigation and Guidance Using a Hand-Held Self-Powered Digital Computer

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3 Author(s)
Schneider, A.M. ; University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, Calif. ; Alspach, D.L. ; Chapman, P.W.

This paper describes a simplified solution of the space rendezvous problem based on optical sightings taken with a hand-held sextant entered into and processed by a small digital computer. Compared to the manual method described in [1], this approach greatly reduces the astronaut's work load. Also, the computer can provide a more accurate solution, can present more flight plan options (allowing more tradeoffs between fuel usage and time), and can allow greater freedom in the sequencing of measurements and maneuvers. Physical characteristics, input-output parameters, and logic design of the computer are briefly described.

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:AES-6 ,  Issue: 1 )