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Video guidance sensor: optical performance predictions and results from STS-95 experiment
Author(s): John Larkin Jackson; Helen Johnson Cole; Richard T. Howard
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Paper Abstract

The Video Guidance Sensor is a key component of NASA's Automated Rendezvous & Capture Program. The Video Guidance Sensor operates from the space shuttle cargo bay and uses laser illumination of a passive target mounted on a SPARTAN satellite. The on-board camera and signal processor determine the relative position and attitude between the target and sensor. The Video Guidance Sensor flew on space shuttle mission STS-95 in November of 1998 and was a marked success. Theoretical models of the optical performance predicted the experimental results from the mission well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 1999
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3707, Laser Radar Technology and Applications IV, (28 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.351381
Show Author Affiliations
John Larkin Jackson, Micro Craft, Inc. (United States)
Helen Johnson Cole, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Richard T. Howard, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3707:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications IV
Gary W. Kamerman; Christian Werner, Editor(s)

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