REKF and RUKF development for pico satellite attitude estimation in the presence of measurement faults

SÖKEN H. E. , Hajiyev C.

5th International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies, RAST 2011, İstanbul, Turkey, 9 - 11 June 2011, pp.891-896 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume:
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/rast.2011.5966972
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.891-896
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: No


When a pico satellite is under normal operational conditions, whether it is Extended or Unscented, a conventional Kalman Filter gives sufficiently good estimation results. However, if the measurements are not reliable because of any kind of malfunction in the estimation system, Kalman filter gives inaccurate results and diverges by time. This study compares two different robust Kalman filtering algorithms; Robust Extended Kalman Filter (REKF) and Robust Unscented Kalman Filter (REKF) for the case of measurement malfunctions. In both filters by the use of defined variables named as measurement noise scale factor, the faulty measurements are taken into the consideration with a small weight and the estimations are corrected without affecting the characteristic of the accurate ones. Proposed robust Kalman filters are applied for the attitude estimation process of a pico satellite and the results are compared. © 2011 IEEE.