Lidar-Based Navigation Algorithm for Safe Lunar Landing

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-11372
Published October 01, 2011 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States
  • English

The purpose of Hazard Relative Navigation (HRN) is to provide measurements to the Navigation Filter so that it can limit errors on the position estimate after hazards have been detected. The hazards are detected by processing a hazard digital elevation map (HDEM). The HRN process takes lidar images as the spacecraft descends to the surface and matches these to the HDEM to compute relative position measurements. Since the HDEM has the hazards embedded in it, the position measurements are relative to the hazards, hence the name Hazard Relative Navigation.