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Optical correlation techniques applied to spacecraft docking
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Paper Abstract

Established optical correlation techniques will be applied to the problem of pose estimation of spacecraft for autonomous rendezvous and docking. The problem is substantially similar to the recognition and tracking of hostile targets in military applications. The historically deep knowledge base in this area will be exploited for the current investigation so that important discoveries will not have to be reinvented. It is expected that this problem should be somewhat better behaved since the "target" is cooperative and not actively in opposition to being found or recognized. The goal of this investigation is to determine the parameters of interest and to construct somewhat meaningful demonstrations of techniques that could be used for this optical approach to a computationally intense digital problem.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 April 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6245, Optical Pattern Recognition XVII, 62450H (17 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.667655
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John Outerbridge II, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Don A. Gregory, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6245:
Optical Pattern Recognition XVII
David P. Casasent; Tien-Hsin Chao, Editor(s)

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