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Vision Requirements For Space Station Applications
Author(s): Kenneth R. Crouse
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Paper Abstract

Video data is used in a wide variety of computer vision tasks. Applications range from mail sorting to medical diagnostics to industrial inspection. For Space Station applications, however, video imagery has certain limitations. Outside a spacecraft the ambient illumination and viewing background can cause problems for a video system. Identifying a satellite at an unknown attitude and distance may be very difficult to do with 2D imagery. Consequently, investigators are looking at other sources of data to supplement or replace video data for vision tasks on the Space Station. Laser systems can provide range information, and laser scanners can provide reflectance and depth information in image format. Yet other approaches are being considered. This paper will discuss some of the advantages of the different approaches in the context of anticipated Space Station applications. The issues associated with the problem of integrating data from various sources to most effectively and efficiently accomplish a given vision task will also be addressed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 December 1985
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0580, Space Station Automation I, (23 December 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.950859
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Kenneth R. Crouse, NASA/Johnson Space Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0580:
Space Station Automation I
Wun C. Chiou, Editor(s)

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