New Guidance, Navigation, and Control Technologies for Formation Flying Spacecraft and Planetary Landing

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The recent landing of the massive Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover Curiosity was made possible by the sky-crane touch down system. The sky-crane used a high rate, six degree-of-freedom guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) system to slowly place the rover on the surface, detect touchdown, and fly away. MSL clearly showed the advantages of on-board… (More)

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