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Sinplex: a small integrated navigation system for planetary exploration

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Author: Laan, E.C. · Esposito, M. · Monna, B. · Silvio Conticello, S. · Stelwagen, F. · Theil, S. · Steffes, S. · Dumke, M. · Heise, D. · Sagliano, M. · Oosterling, J.A.J. · Nijkerk, M.D. · Duivenvoorde, T. · Berkhout, J. · Yanson, Y. · Schulte, J. · Skaborn, D. · Durkut, M. · Söderholm, S. · Samaan, M.A. · Visee, R.
Source:64th International Aeronautical Congress IAC, 23-27 September, 2013, Beijing, China, 7, 5036-5044
Identifier: 483918
ISBN: 9781629939094
Keywords: Electronics · Interplanetary spacecraft · Navigation systems · European Community · Integrated navigation systems · Laboratory environment · Planetary exploration · Satellite servicing · Spacecraft navigation · Systems engineering process · Technology readiness levels · Sensors · Space · Information Society · Physics & Electronics Mechatronics, Mechanics & Materials · SSE - Space Systems Engineering OPT - Optics OM - Opto-Mechatronics · TS - Technical Sciences


SINPLEX is a sensor suite for spacecraft navigation purposes. This paper addresses the current status of the SINPLEX prototype and the systems engineering process that has led to this status. The SINPLEX prototype is currently being integrated with the aim to demonstrate Technology Readiness Level 4, i.e. a component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment. The ultimate goal is to reach series production of an integrated instrument sensor suite capable of navigating a spacecraft in the solar system for exploration and science missions, and for satellite servicing and related markets. The SINPLEX project is supported by the European Community Framework Programme FP7 Space.