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Optical Engineering

Description and analysis of an algorithm for star identification, pointing, and tracking systems
Author(s): Francesco De Carlo; Roberto Stalio; Paolo Trampus; A. Lyle Broadfoot; Bill R. Sandel; Giovanni L. Sicuranza
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Paper Abstract

Software for star field identification and star pointing and tracking is described. The software will be implemented in the guiding system of UVSTAR, a spectrograph/telescope system for UV astronomy and planetary physics that will operate as a Hitchhiker payload on the Shuttle. The software work with the wide-field CCD camera and an on-board stellar catalog. It is capable of (1) providing high accuracy (better than 2 arcsec) attitude determination from coarse (± 3 deg) initial knowledge of the pointing direction and (2) pointing toward the target. It is capable of tracking at the same high accuracy with a processing time of less than a few hundredths of a second. Simulation of observations and various types of tests are also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 33(8) doi: 10.1117/12.173587
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 33, Issue 8
Show Author Affiliations
Francesco De Carlo, Ctr. for Advanced Research in Space Optics (Italy)
Roberto Stalio, Ctr. for Advanced Research in Space Optics (Italy)
Paolo Trampus, Ctr. for Advanced Research in Space Optics (Italy)
A. Lyle Broadfoot, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Bill R. Sandel, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Giovanni L. Sicuranza, Univ. of Triste (Italy)

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