Hayabusa's touching-down to Itokawa - Autonomous guidance and navigation

Masashi Uo, Ken'ichi Shirakawa, Tatsuaki Hashimoto, Takashi Kubota, Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

9 Citations (Scopus)


Hayabusa attempted to touch-down two times in November, 2005. They were successfully performed. The autonomous guidance and navigation capability is installed aboard the spacecraft. It collects the laser altimeter, laser range finders and navigation cameras information aboard and is designed to estimate where the spacecraft is and to decide the path correction maneuvers by itself. The function programmed includes the image processing designed to detect an artificial target marker location, with which the spacecraft is designed to approach to it. This paper presents how this difficult and sophisticated events were carried out, showing flight results along.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpaceflight Mechanics 2006 - Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechnaics Meeting
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventSpaceflight Mechanics 2006 - AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechnaics Meeting - Tampa, FL, United States
Duration: 2006 Jan 222006 Jan 26

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume124 II
ISSN (Print)0065-3438


ConferenceSpaceflight Mechanics 2006 - AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechnaics Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityTampa, FL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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