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Topographic characterization
Author(s): Plesent W. Goode; Sixto L. Vazquez; Eric G. Cooper
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Paper Abstract

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), other government agencies, and private industry have requirements to map and analyze 3-dimensional surfaces of varying regularity and material composition. This requires a high fidelity, 3-dimensional description of the work space. In cases where complete and current information about the space is not available, topographic characterization allows on-line initialization and/or modification of the work space database. The mapping environment is often challenging with regard to lighting, radiation, temperature, atmosphere, and causticity. This paper describes a system that provides topographic characterization based on fusing intensity and depth information, and describes the application of this technique for inspection of Shuttle thermal tiles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 September 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1956, Sensor Fusion and Aerospace Applications, (3 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.155091
Show Author Affiliations
Plesent W. Goode, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Sixto L. Vazquez, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Eric G. Cooper, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1956:
Sensor Fusion and Aerospace Applications
Jake K. Aggarwal; Nagaraj Nandhakumar, Editor(s)

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