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Initial efforts toward mission-representative imaging surveys from aerial explorers
Author(s): Greg Pisanich; Laura Plice; Corey Ippolito; Larry A. Young; Benton Lau; Pascal Lee
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Paper Abstract

Numerous researchers have proposed the use of robotic aerial explorers to perform scientific investigation of planetary bodies in our solar system. One of the essential tasks for any aerial explorer is to be able to perform scientifically valuable imaging surveys. The focus of this paper is to discuss the challenges implicit in, and recent observations related to, acquiring mission-representative imaging data from a small fixed-wing UAV, acting as a surrogate planetary aerial explorer. This question of successfully performing aerial explorer surveys is also tied to other topics of technical investigation, including the development of unique bio-inspired technologies. Imaging results from two seasons of flights at Haughton Crater, Devon Island, Canada, a well documented Mars Analog site, are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2004
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 5297, Real-Time Imaging VIII, (18 May 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.527338
Show Author Affiliations
Greg Pisanich, QSS Group, Inc. (United States)
Laura Plice, QSS Group, Inc. (United States)
NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Corey Ippolito, QSS Group, Inc. (United States)
NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Larry A. Young, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Benton Lau, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Pascal Lee, Mars Institute (United States)
SETI Institute (United States)
NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5297:
Real-Time Imaging VIII
Nasser Kehtarnavaz; Phillip A. Laplante, Editor(s)

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