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Compact high-speed scanning lidar system
Author(s): Cameron Dickinson; Marwan Hussein; Jeff Tripp; Manny Nimelman; Alexander Koujelev
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Paper Abstract

The compact High Speed Scanning Lidar (HSSL) was designed to meet the requirements for a rover GN&C sensor. The eye-safe HSSL's fast scanning speed, low volume and low power, make it the ideal choice for a variety of real-time and non-real-time applications including: 3D Mapping; Vehicle guidance and Navigation; Obstacle Detection; Orbiter Rendezvous; Spacecraft Landing / Hazard Avoidance. The HSSL comprises two main hardware units: Sensor Head and Control Unit. In a rover application, the Sensor Head mounts on the top of the rover while the Control Unit can be mounted on the rover deck or within its avionics bay. An Operator Computer is used to command the lidar and immediately display the acquired scan data. The innovative lidar design concept was a result of an extensive trade study conducted during the initial phase of an exploration rover program. The lidar utilizes an innovative scanner coupled with a compact fiber laser and high-speed timing electronics. Compared to existing compact lidar systems, distinguishing features of the HSSL include its high accuracy, high resolution, high refresh rate and large field of view. Other benefits of this design include the capability to quickly configure scan settings to fit various operational modes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 May 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8379, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XVII, 83790Y (14 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.920599
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Cameron Dickinson, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (Canada)
Marwan Hussein, Optech, Inc. (Canada)
Jeff Tripp, Optech, Inc. (Canada)
Manny Nimelman, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (Canada)
Alexander Koujelev, Canadian Space Agency (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8379:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XVII
Monte D. Turner; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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