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Apr.  2015

IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica

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Wei Shao, Shulin Sui, Lin Meng and Yaobin Yue, "Stable Estimation of Horizontal Velocity for Planetary Lander with Motion Constraints," IEEE/CAA J. of Autom. Sinica, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 198-206, 2015.
Citation: Wei Shao, Shulin Sui, Lin Meng and Yaobin Yue, "Stable Estimation of Horizontal Velocity for Planetary Lander with Motion Constraints," IEEE/CAA J. of Autom. Sinica, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 198-206, 2015.

Stable Estimation of Horizontal Velocity for Planetary Lander with Motion Constraints


This work was supported by National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) (2012CB720000), National Natural Science Foundation of China (61104187) and Promotive Research Fund for Excellent Young and Middle-aged Scientists of Shandong Province (BS2012NY003).

  • The planetary lander usually selects image feature points and tracks them from frame to frame in order to determine its own position and velocity during landing. Aiming to keep features tracking in consecutive frames, this paper proposes an approach of calculating the field of view (FOV) overlapping area in a 2D plane. Then the rotational and translational motion constraints of the lander can be found. If the FOVs intersects each other, the horizontal velocity of the lander is quickly estimated based on the least square method after the ill-conditioned matrices are eliminated previously. The Monte Carlo simulation results show that the proposed approach is not only able to recover the ego-motion of planetary lander, but also improves the stabilization performance. The relationship of the estimation error, running time and number of points is shown in the simulation results as well.


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