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Automatic rendezvous and docking system test and evaluation
Author(s): Richard T. Howard; Helen Johnson Cole; John Larkin Jackson; Gary W. Kamerman; Donald K. Fronek
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Paper Abstract

The video guidance sensor is a key element of an automatic rendezvous and docking program administered by NASA. The system sues laser illumination of passive target in the field of view of an on-board camera and processes the video image to determine the relative position and attitude between the target and the sensor. Theoretical predictions and evaluations, and laboratory measurements and test are presented for the lasers, target components, camera system, signal processor, and a solar simulator.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3065, Laser Radar Technology and Applications II, (6 August 1997);
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Richard T. Howard, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Helen Johnson Cole, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John Larkin Jackson, Micro Craft, Inc. (United States)
Gary W. Kamerman, Micro Craft, Inc. (United States)
Donald K. Fronek, Micro Craft, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3065:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications II
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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