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Rendezvous and docking sensor suite
Author(s): Stephen R. Granade
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Paper Abstract

Autonomous rendezvous and docking has become more prominent in the wake of the DART mission. In support of AR&D, NASA and companies such as ours have been developing sensors to measure distance, bearing and pose to target spacecraft. We are developing a suite of such sensors. The sensors include the Advanced Video Guidance Sensor (AVGS), the ULTOR video processor, and the Wide Angle Lidar for Direction and Distance (WALDD). AVGS is a laser-based video sensor that images retro-reflecting targets and extracts six-degree-of-freedom information. WALDD is a staring lidar system that provides range and bearing information using retro-reflecting targets. ULTOR is a video processor that can extract six-degree-of-freedom information from spacecraft that lack special targets. We will give an overview of the three sensors, their development, and their capabilities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6220, Spaceborne Sensors III, 62200J (19 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.666797
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Stephen R. Granade, Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6220:
Spaceborne Sensors III
Richard T. Howard; Robert D. Richards, Editor(s)

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