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Hydra AR&D sensor suite
Author(s): Fred Roe; Stephen R. Granade
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Paper Abstract

AOS is designing a modular AR&D System named Hydra® and building an initial prototype with selected (near-field and docking) capabilities and expansion capabilities to accommodate a time-of-flight and far-field sensor. Lessons learned from DART and Orbital Express have been applied to the proposed Hydra® design. The prototype Hydra® system design includes an AVGS sensor head and an ULTOR® sensor head. Although the initial Hydra® system is a ground demonstration unit, design methods and component selection provide a straightforward path for building a space-qualified Hydra® system. The basic architectural component for Hydra® is based on a common processing platform that can be configured to process inputs from a variety of sensors. The design consists of three elements: The sensor head or camera, which can be mounted external to the spacecraft; the processing electronics, which can be mounted internal to the spacecraft; and the Hydra® target, which is mounted on the target spacecraft at or near the docking interface.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6555, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications, 65550H (3 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.719328
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Fred Roe, Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)
Stephen R. Granade, Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6555:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications
Richard T. Howard; Robert D. Richards, Editor(s)

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