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Topographic/photometric model of small bodies
Author(s): Marc I. Pomerantz; Luisa DeAntonio; Cheng-Chih Chu
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Paper Abstract

Developing image acquisition requirements is a major part of the Autonomous Feature and Star Tracking (AFAST) project's work in advancing sensor technologies for planetary exploration. Sensing and detecting desired planetary features also involve topographic and photometric characterization of celestial bodies. The photometric study can provide felicitous designs of optics, focal plane array, and processing pertaining to feature extraction and tracking. In this paper, we present the results based on our preliminary study and implementation of photometric modeling on the AFAST's SGI-based 3D graphics testbed. Specifically, a computer-generated topographical model of Phobos is used since the photometry of Phobos have been studied in great details. The photometric function derived is mapped onto the computer-generated topographic model. Using the photometric model and specific camera parameters, an accurate CCD pixel response to target irradiance can then be calculated. This pixel information can be used by the feature tracking algorithm, and sensitivity to signal-to-noise ratio can then be determined.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 1995
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2466, Space Guidance, Control, and Tracking II, (12 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.211506
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Marc I. Pomerantz, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Luisa DeAntonio, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Cheng-Chih Chu, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2466:
Space Guidance, Control, and Tracking II
Walter J. Fowski; Morris M. Birnbaum, Editor(s)

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