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Rock detection based on shadows and texture for safe lunar landing
Author(s): Zhiguo Cao; Qiang Fu
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Paper Abstract

Rock is one kind of dangerous hazards for lunar landing, a small rock about 0.5-1.0 meter tall can damage the lander and make the whole mission failed1. In this paper, we provide an improved method for rock detection based on shadows and texture for safe lunar landing, which can detect and model the rocks in the lunar surface image precisely. Although traditional rock detection algorithms can get a good result in the experimental environment full of rocks, it does not work well in the real, uneven environment with all kinds of hazards. Our algorithm can adapt to various environment because of the precisely extracting shadows of rocks and texture analyses after rock modeling.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8003, MIPPR 2011: Automatic Target Recognition and Image Analysis, 80030R (8 December 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.901657
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Zhiguo Cao, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Qiang Fu, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8003:
MIPPR 2011: Automatic Target Recognition and Image Analysis
Tianxu Zhang; Nong Sang, Editor(s)

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