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Simulation of scenes, sensors, and tracker for space-based acquisition, tracking, and pointing experiments
Author(s): David B. DeYoung
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Paper Abstract

A high fidelity end-to-end Starlab simulation developed for the acquisition, tracking, and pointing of a cooperative booster, called Starbird, is described. The models of the four imaging sensors, their associated scenes, and the video tracker model are considered, and simulation run results are presented. Imaging sensors modeled include a wide field of view intensified charge coupled device (ICCD) camera, a narrow field of view ICCD camera, an active ICCD camera, and an infrared camera. A composite high altitude radiation model is used to describe the Starbird imagery for each of sensor's spectral bands and pixel sizes. This imagery is rotated and translated within the sensor's field of view which uses the positions of the control mirrors and the Starbird's and Space Shuttle's trajectories. The sampled imagery is then passed to the video tracker model to calculate target position. It is concluded that this simulation is capable of generating imagery corrupted by camera noise and image centroids out of the video tracker.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1415, Modeling and Simulation of Laser Systems II, (1 May 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.43675
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David B. DeYoung, SVS, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1415:
Modeling and Simulation of Laser Systems II
Alvin D. Schnurr, Editor(s)

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