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Effects of optical artifacts in a laser-based spacecraft navigation sensor
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Paper Abstract

Testing of the Advanced Video Guidance Sensor (AVGS) used for proximity operations navigation on the Orbital Express ASTRO spacecraft exposed several unanticipated imaging system artifacts and aberrations that required correction to meet critical navigation performance requirements. Mitigation actions are described for a number of system error sources, including lens aberration, optical train misalignment, laser speckle, target image defects, and detector nonlinearity/noise characteristics. Sensor test requirements and protocols are described, along with a summary of test results from sensor confidence tests and system performance testing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6555, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications, 655507 (3 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.723377
Show Author Affiliations
Jerry E. LeCroy, The Boeing Co. (United States)
Dean S. Hallmark, The Boeing Co. (United States)
Richard T. Howard, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (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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