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The Four Pillars of Our Research

The Stanford's Space Rendezvous Lab (SLAB) is built on four pillars of research which feed one another in closed loop to accomplish our mission. These pillars expose the students to the full spectrum of the developmental cycle of a space mission with a focus on fundamental research and algorithms related to multi-agent GN&C for distributed space systems.

An overview of the spectrum of work in SLAB

Overview of Our Projects

Our work lies at the intersection of Astrodynamics, Guidance/Navigation/Control (GN&C), Environment Characterization and Decision Making to enable future Distributed Space Systems (DSS). These include but are not limited to: spacecraft formation-flying, rendezvous and docking, swarms, and fractionated space architectures. Our work will help humanity address fundamental questions of space science, technology, exploration, and sustainability. Check out more of our projects in the link below!

Optical Experiments and Angles-Only Relative Navigation Algorithm Development

StarFOX: A Formation-Flying Optical Experiment on the NASA Starling Mission

Guidance, Navigation and Control Algorithm Design and Development for VISORS

VIrtual Super Optics Reconfigurable Swarm (VISORS) Mission

Guidance, Navigation and Control Algorithm Design and Development for SWARM-EX

Space Weather Atmospheric Reconfigurable Multiscale Experiment (SWARM-EX)

Developing Distributed Relative Navigation and Timing Algorithm for Nanosatellite Swarms

Distributed Multi-GNSS Timing and Localization System (DiGiTaL)

End-to-End Autonomous Spacecraft GNC

RPO kit: Autonomous GNC Software for the Proximity Operations

Generation of monocular optical imagery datasets for autonomous pose estimation of noncooperative spacecraft

Machine Learning Datasets for Computer Vision in Space

Development of Techniques for State Estimation of Uncooperative Spacecraft with Angles-Only Measurements

ARTMS: Angles-only Absolute and Relative Trajectory Measurement System

Integration of Machine Learning and GN&C Algorithms for Robust Pose Tracking of Non-cooperative Target in Space

SPN: Spacecraft Pose Networks for Vision-based Relative Navigation

Autonomous Swarming about 433 Eros using Radio-Frequency and Optical Navigation

Autonomous Nanosatellite Swarming (ANS) Using RF and Optical Navigation

Mission and System Design for the Miniaturized Distributed Occulter-Telescope Mission (mDOT)

Miniaturized Distributed Occulter-Telescope Mission (mDOT)

Development and Validation of New Theoretic Relative Astrodynamics Models for Future Multi-Satellite Missions

New Models for Relative Astrodynamics in Distributed Space Systems

Development of Software Libraries in Support of GNC Development in Multi-Satellite Systems

S3 - A Multi-Satellite Software Library Simulator for Relative Astrodynamics