Autonomous Nanosatellite Swarming (ANS) Around a Near Earth Asteroid by Nathan Stacey

Nathan Stacey

Stanford

My research will enable more autonomous missions to small celestial bodies such as asteroids. This will enhance our understanding of the formation of the solar system, the origin of life, and how to protect our planet in the event of an imminent asteroid collision.

ABSTRACT

Completed missions to small celestial bodies, such as asteroids and comets, have depended extensively on tracking and communication with Earth-based systems as well as significant human oversight. I am developing algorithms that will allow future space missions to explore and characterize small celestial bodies with greater autonomy. This research will enable a greater number of future missions to small celestial bodies, which will improve our understanding of the formation of the solar system, the origin of life, and how to protect our planet from asteroid collisions.

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