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The simulation of automatic ladar sensor control during flight operations using USU LadarSIM software
Author(s): Robert T. Pack; David Saunders; Rees Fullmer; Scott Budge
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Paper Abstract

USU LadarSIM Release 2.0 is a ladar simulator that has the ability to feed high-level mission scripts into a processor that automatically generates scan commands during flight simulations. The scan generation depends on specified flight trajectories and scenes consisting of terrain and targets. The scenes and trajectories can either consist of simulated or actual data. The first modeling step produces an outline of scan footprints in xyz space. Once mission goals have been analyzed and it is determined that the scan footprints are appropriately distributed or placed, specific scans can then be chosen for the generation of complete radiometry-based range images and point clouds. The simulation is capable of quickly modeling ray-trace geometry associated with (1) various focal plane arrays and scanner configurations and (2) various scene and trajectories associated with particular maneuvers or missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6214, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XI, 62140L (19 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.666382
Show Author Affiliations
Robert T. Pack, Utah State Univ. (United States)
David Saunders, Naval Air Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Rees Fullmer, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Scott Budge, Utah State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6214:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XI
Gary W. Kamerman; Monte D. Turner, Editor(s)

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