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Docking Target Design And Spacecraft Tracking System Stability
Author(s): Joseph G. Bailey; Richard A. Messner
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Paper Abstract

Researchers at NASA's Johnson Space Center wish to provide automatic docking capabilities to spacecraft whose only guidance signals are the images of docking targets. The proposed docking system exploits the invariant properties of log-polar and cartesian image mapping in an iterative tracking scheme that uses correlation filtering. In trade for the beneficial invariance properties of the image transforms, their sensitivity to certain tracking disturbances can cause instability and loss of tracking. This paper presents simulation studies to determine how different classes of simple target patterns affect the stability of the tracking system. The main goal is to determine empirical guidelines for designing targets that optimize tracking performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1990
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1192, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision VIII: Algorithms and Techniques, (1 March 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.969795
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Joseph G. Bailey, University of New Hampshire (United States)
Richard A. Messner, University of New Hampshire (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1192:
Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision VIII: Algorithms and Techniques
David P. Casasent, Editor(s)

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