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3D scannerless LADAR for Orbiter inspection
Author(s): Robert O. Nellums; Robert D. Habbit; Mark R. Heying; Todd A. Pitts; John V. Sandusky
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Paper Abstract

The Space Shuttle Program requires on-orbit inspection of the thermal protection system which covers the Orbiter spacecraft, including the critical leading-edge surfaces. A scannerless ladar system mounted on a 50-foot boom extension of the robotic arm provides this capability. This paper describes the sensor and ground processing system, which were developed by Sandia National Laboratories to meet the requirements of the Return to Flight mission in July of 2005. Mission operations for this sensor system are also reviewed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2006
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 6220, Spaceborne Sensors III, 62200G (19 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.670569
Show Author Affiliations
Robert O. Nellums, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Robert D. Habbit, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Mark R. Heying, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Todd A. Pitts, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
John V. Sandusky, Sandia National Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6220:
Spaceborne Sensors III
Richard T. Howard; Robert D. Richards, Editor(s)

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