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Effect Of Earth Albedo Variation On The Performance Of Spatial Acquisition Subsystem Aboard A Planetary Spacecraft
Author(s): Chien-Chung Chen; Moe Zaw Win
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Paper Abstract

Deep-space optical communication systems generally require the use of the Sun- lit Earth as the pointing reference. For simple single-frame spatial acquisition processors, the uncertainties in Earth albedo can result in an irreducible error in acquiring the spatial location of the receiver. Multiple frame processing algorithms can be used to estimate the Earth albedo. The prior knowledge of the image shape and orientation can then be used to derive the location of the receiver.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 June 1989
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1059, Space Sensing, Communications, and Networking, (2 June 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951695
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Chien-Chung Chen, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Moe Zaw Win, California Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1059:
Space Sensing, Communications, and Networking
Monte Ross; Richard J. Temkin, Editor(s)

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