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The complementary nature of triangulation and ladar technologies
Author(s): Chad English; Adam Deslauriers; Iain Christie
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Paper Abstract

3D ranging and imaging technology is generally divided into time-based (ladar) and position-based (triangulation) approaches. Traditionally ladar has been applied to long range, low precision applications and triangulation has been used for short range, high precision applications. Measurement speed and precision of both technologies have improved such that ladars are viable at shorter ranges and triangulation is viable at longer ranges. These improvements have produced an overlap of technologies for short to mid-range applications. This paper investigates the two sets of technologies to demonstrate their complementary nature particularly with respect to space and terrestrial applications such as vehicle inspection, navigation, collision avoidance, and rendezvous & docking.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2005
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5791, Laser Radar Technology and Applications X, (19 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.603728
Show Author Affiliations
Chad English, Neptec Design Group (Canada)
Adam Deslauriers, Neptec Design Group (Canada)
Iain Christie, Neptec Design Group (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5791:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications X
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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