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SUMO/FREND: vision system for autonomous satellite grapple
Author(s): Jerome Obermark; Glenn Creamer; Bernard E. Kelm; William Wagner; C. Glen Henshaw
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Paper Abstract

SUMO/FREND is a risk reduction program for an advanced servicing spacecraft sponsored by DARPA and executed by the Naval Center for Space Technology at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. The overall program will demonstrate the integration of many techniques needed in order to autonomously rendezvous and capture customer satellites at geosynchronous orbits. A flight-qualifiable payload is currently under development to prove out challenging aspects of the mission. The grappling process presents computer vision challenges to properly identify and guide the final step in joining the pursuer craft to the customer. This paper will provide an overview of the current status of the project with an emphasis on the challenges, techniques, and directions of the machine vision processes to guide the grappling.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6555, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications, 65550Y (3 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.720284
Show Author Affiliations
Jerome Obermark, DCS Corp. (United States)
Glenn Creamer, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Bernard E. Kelm, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
William Wagner, Honeywell Technical Solutions, Inc. (United States)
C. Glen Henshaw, Naval Research Lab. (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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