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Automatic docking system sensor: analysis and mission performance
Author(s): John Larkin Jackson; Richard T. Howard; Helen Johnson Cole; Ronald A. Belz
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Paper Abstract

The Video Guidance Sensor was flown on STS-87 in November of 1997 and is the key element of an automatic rendezvous and docking program under development by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. The system used laser illumination of a passive target in the field of view of an on-board camera and processed the video image to determine the relative position and attitude between the target and the sensor. Comparisons of mission results with theoretical models are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3380, Laser Radar Technology and Applications III, (8 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.327209
Show Author Affiliations
John Larkin Jackson, Micro Craft, Inc. (United States)
Richard T. Howard, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Helen Johnson Cole, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ronald A. Belz, Sverdrup Technology, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3380:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications III
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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