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AsteroidX: An Asteroid Exploration Simulation and Visualisation Tool

Zhang, T, Dennis, LA and Webster, M (2021) AsteroidX: An Asteroid Exploration Simulation and Visualisation Tool. In: Advances in Space Robotics and Back to Earth 2021 at IROS 2021, 01 October 2021 - 01 October 2021, Prague.

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The use of multi-agent robotics for space exploration creates the need for verification and validation using formal methods and simulation-based testing of such systems. This paper presents an asteroid exploration simulation and visualisation tool that can facilitate agent research in an approximated space setting. The software is able to simulate and visualise multiple spacecrafts navigating a customisable asteroid field environment under the control of either user or agent commands and abiding to space physics constraints. A built-in autopilot system implements Lambert’s algorithm to allow autonomous orbital entry/transfer manoeuvres, and collision-free long-range path-finding if the objective is distant. A simulated scenario is described, involving two agents observing multiple asteroids during a debris strike.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Q Science > QB Astronomy
Divisions: Computer Science & Mathematics
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2021 12:53
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 15:18
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15620
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