Interfacing and Verifying ALHAT Safe Precision Landing Systems with the Morpheus Vehicle
- Trawny, Nikolas
- January 05, 2015.
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- 1 electronic document
- Additional Creators:
- Roback, Vincent E., Villalpando, Carlos, Busa, Joseph L., Hirsh, Robert L., Pierrottet, Diego F., Carson, John M., III, Martin, Keith E., and Hines, Glenn D.
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- Unclassified, Unlimited, Publicly available. and Free-to-read Unrestricted online access
- The NASA Autonomous precision Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT) project developed a suite of prototype sensors to enable autonomous and safe precision landing of robotic or crewed vehicles under any terrain lighting conditions. Development of the ALHAT sensor suite was a cross-NASA effort, culminating in integration and testing on-board a variety of terrestrial vehicles toward infusion into future spaceflight applications. Terrestrial tests were conducted on specialized test gantries, moving trucks, helicopter flights, and a flight test onboard the NASA Morpheus free-flying, rocket-propulsive flight-test vehicle. To accomplish these tests, a tedious integration process was developed and followed, which included both command and telemetry interfacing, as well as sensor alignment and calibration verification to ensure valid test data to analyze ALHAT and Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) performance. This was especially true for the flight test campaign of ALHAT onboard Morpheus. For interfacing of ALHAT sensors to the Morpheus flight system, an adaptable command and telemetry architecture was developed to allow for the evolution of per-sensor Interface Control Design/Documents (ICDs). Additionally, individual-sensor and on-vehicle verification testing was developed to ensure functional operation of the ALHAT sensors onboard the vehicle, as well as precision-measurement validity for each ALHAT sensor when integrated within the Morpheus GNC system. This paper provides some insight into the interface development and the integrated-systems verification that were a part of the build-up toward success of the ALHAT and Morpheus flight test campaigns in 2014. These campaigns provided valuable performance data that is refining the path toward spaceflight infusion of the ALHAT sensor suite.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 20140017031., JSC-CN-32396., and AIAA SciTech 2015 Conference; 5-9 Jan. 2015; Kissimmee, FL; United States.
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