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Laser imaging sensor system for on-orbit space shuttle inspection
Author(s): Dennis J. Gregoris; Arkady Ulitsky; Dennis Vit; Andy Kerr; Peter Dorcas; George V. Bailak; Jeffrey W. Tripp; Ross Gillett; Chris Woodland; Robert Richards; Christian Sallaberger
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Paper Abstract

The Shuttle Inspection Lidar (SIL) system is a derivative of a scanning lidar system being developed by MD Robotics and Optech. It incorporates a lidar, a camera, lights and video communications systems. The SIL is designed to meet the specific requirements for the on-orbit inspection and measurement of the Space Shuttle leading edge Reinforced-Carbon Carbon (RCC) and Thermal Protection System (TPS). The SIL has a flexible electrical and mechanical interface that enables it to be mounted on different locations including the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (SRMS, Canadarm), and the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) on the International Space Station (ISS). This paper describes the SIL system and the specifications of the imaging lidar scanner system, and discusses the application of the SIL for on-orbit shuttle inspection using the on-orbit SRMS. Ground-based measurements of the shuttle TPS taken by a terrestrial version of the imager are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5418, Spaceborne Sensors, (1 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.547899
Show Author Affiliations
Dennis J. Gregoris, MD Robotics (Canada)
Arkady Ulitsky, Optech Inc. (Canada)
Dennis Vit, MD Robotics (Canada)
Andy Kerr, MD Robotics (Canada)
Peter Dorcas, MD Robotics (Canada)
George V. Bailak, MD Robotics (Canada)
Jeffrey W. Tripp, Optech Inc. (Canada)
Ross Gillett, MD Robotics (Canada)
Chris Woodland, MD Robotics (Canada)
Robert Richards, Optech Inc. (Canada)
Christian Sallaberger, MD Robotics (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5418:
Spaceborne Sensors
Robert D. Habbit; Peter Tchoryk, Editor(s)

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