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RAP opportunity at Air Force Science and Technology Fellowship Program     AF STFP

Advanced Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, & Control


Space Vehicles Directorate, RV/Space and Planetary Sciences

opportunity location
13.40.01.B7445 Kirtland Air Force Base, NM 871175776


name email phone
Richard Scott Erwin 505.846.9816


This project seeks to develop new methods, techniques, and algorithms for challenging spacecraft guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) problems. Specifically, new approaches are being developed for (1) autonomous spacecraft relative-motion guidance and navigation approaches for rendezvous & proximity operations missions; (2) advanced attitude estimation & control algorithms for control-moment gyro, reaction wheel, and thruster-actuated spacecraft systems; (3) analysis and development of techniques for networked autonomous spacecraft performing collaborative missions such as geolocation of terrestrial search and rescue beacons or coordinated inspection of proximity spacecraft; and (d) image-based relative navigation and pose/feature extraction algorithms enabling rendezvous and proximity operations missions. Research proposals that address one or more of these topics from a theoretical or experimental point of view are of interest. This research can use the experimental facilities at AFRL, including a spherical air bearing attitude control and determination testbed, image-based spacecraft navigation facilities, rendezvous & proximity operations simulation capabilities, and autonomous multi-spacecraft testbeds.



Baldwin M, Erwin RS, Kolmanovsky IV: Proceedings of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Confermce, AIAA 2013: 4721, Boston, MA, August 2013

Hussein II, Sorrentino F, Erwin RS: Proceedings of the American Control Confernce: 396, Washington, DC, June 2013

Weiss A, et al: Proceedings of the American Control Confernce: 4809, Washington, DC, June 2013

Luna JM, Abdallah CT, Erwin RS: Proceedings of the American Control Confernce 3925: Montreal, Canada, June 2012

Allgeier SE, Erwin RS, Fitz-Coy NG: Proceedings of the 22nd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, AAS 12 – 152: 763, Charleston, SC, January 2012


key words
Estimation; Navigation; Guidance; Control; Spacecraft; Satellites; Robotics; Image processing; Networked control; Coordinated control; Autonomous systems;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$95,000.00 $5,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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