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Implementing autonomous planetary remote sensing
Author(s): Stewart L. Moses; Kenneth Rourke; Joseph Freitag; C. Uhlir
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Paper Abstract

Future planetary exploration missions will be marked by dramatic increases in the amount of remote sensing data that can be acquired per dollar of mission cost, despite improvements in the instrumentation to retrieve data. However, planetary distances will continue to limit the amount of data that can be returned to Earth and communications will be a major factor influencing spacecraft mass, power, and ultimately cost. Remarkable advancements in spacecraft onboard data processing, fortunately, offer a solution to the downlink constriction while simultaneously reducing spacecraft operation costs on the ground by enabling autonomous and adaptive scientific data acquisition. This paper presents an approach to enhancing future space mission capabilities. We have chosen hyperspectral imaging as an example of a remote sensing technique that generates a large volume of data from a single instrument and is amenable to onboard processing and adaptive scientific data acquisition. Specific advanced hardware and software technologies from NASA and industry can be adapted to provide a feasible spacecraft implementation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 October 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2810, Space Sciencecraft Control and Tracking in the New Millennium, (28 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.255127
Show Author Affiliations
Stewart L. Moses, TRW Space & Electronics Group (United States)
Kenneth Rourke, TRW Space & Electronics Group (United States)
Joseph Freitag, TRW Space & Electronics Group (United States)
C. Uhlir, TRW Space & Electronics Group (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2810:
Space Sciencecraft Control and Tracking in the New Millennium
E. Kane Casani; Mark A. Vander Does, Editor(s)

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