My research project
Autonomous navigation techniques for deep space mission
My research wants to explore the possible benefits of adopting autonomous navigation techniques for deep space mission. At the state of the art, the navigation of most of the deep space mission relies on data from the Deep Space Network ground stations only. The main problem is that ground-based navigation becomes more and more stressful and work-demanding for ground operation teams as much as the number of missions increases. Moreover, the light-time required by signals to travel from spacecraft to Earth does not often allow autonomy for navigation operations once in deep space. Therefore, several different techniques of Optical navigation earned heritage in the last 20 years gaining the trust of the operators too. My research job explores the capabilities of these techniques and whether there is a chance to adopt artificial intelligence to leave autonomy to the spacecraft in the navigation process.