Sensors 2010, 10(3), 1955-1966; doi:10.3390/s100301955
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A Star Recognition Method Based on the Adaptive Ant Colony Algorithm for Star Sensors

Novel Inertial Instrument and Navigation System Technology Laboratory, School of Instrumentation Science and Optoelectronics Engineering, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100191, China
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Received: 23 December 2009; in revised form: 13 January 2010 / Accepted: 23 February 2010 / Published: 10 March 2010
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Abstract: A new star recognition method based on the Adaptive Ant Colony (AAC) algorithm has been developed to increase the star recognition speed and success rate for star sensors. This method draws circles, with the center of each one being a bright star point and the radius being a special angular distance, and uses the parallel processing ability of the AAC algorithm to calculate the angular distance of any pair of star points in the circle. The angular distance of two star points in the circle is solved as the path of the AAC algorithm, and the path optimization feature of the AAC is employed to search for the optimal (shortest) path in the circle. This optimal path is used to recognize the stellar map and enhance the recognition success rate and speed. The experimental results show that when the position error is about 50″, the identification success rate of this method is 98% while the Delaunay identification method is only 94%. The identification time of this method is up to 50 ms.
Keywords: star sensor; ant colony algorithm; star recognition; guidance-star database

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Quan, W.; Fang, J. A Star Recognition Method Based on the Adaptive Ant Colony Algorithm for Star Sensors. Sensors 2010, 10, 1955-1966.

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Quan, Wei; Fang, Jiancheng. 2010. "A Star Recognition Method Based on the Adaptive Ant Colony Algorithm for Star Sensors." Sensors 10, no. 3: 1955-1966.

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