Algorithms 2009, 2(1), 93-107; doi:10.3390/a2010093
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A Survey on Star Identification Algorithms

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Received: 30 October 2008; in revised form: 13 January 2009 / Accepted: 16 January 2009 / Published: 29 January 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensor Algorithms)
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Abstract: The author surveys algorithms used in star identification, commonly used in star trackers to determine the attitude of a spacecraft. Star trackers are a staple of attitude determination systems for most types of satellites. The paper covers: (a) lost-in-space algorithms (when no a priori attitude information is available), (b) recursive algorithms (when some a priori attitude information is available), and (c) non-dimensional algorithms (when the star tracker calibration is not well-known). The performance of selected algorithms and supporting algorithms are compared.
Keywords: Star Identification; Attitude Estimation; Star Tracker Algorithms
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Spratling, B.B., IV; Mortari, D. A Survey on Star Identification Algorithms. Algorithms 2009, 2, 93-107.

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Spratling BB, IV, Mortari D. A Survey on Star Identification Algorithms. Algorithms. 2009; 2(1):93-107.

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Spratling, Benjamin B., IV; Mortari, Daniele. 2009. "A Survey on Star Identification Algorithms." Algorithms 2, no. 1: 93-107.

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