David L. Caballero - Huntington Beach CA,
Thomas Paul Weismuller - Orange CA,
The Boeing Company - Chicago IL
382100, 382103, 382104, 382199, 382209, 382218, 382279, 382281, 382283, 382325, 701 13, 244 318
A method of navigating a space vehicle. An image of a planet surface is received. The received image is processed to identify edge pixels and angle data. The edge pixels and angle data are used to identify planetary features by shape, size, and spacing relative to other planetary features. At least some of the planetary features are compared with a predefined planet surface description including sizes and locations of planet landmarks. One or more matches are determined between the planetary feature(s) and the planet surface description. Based on the match(es), a location of the space vehicle relative to the planet is determined.