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Camera-based Tracking for Rendezvous and Proximity Operation of a Satellite

Oumer, Nassir W. and Panin, Giorgio (2015) Camera-based Tracking for Rendezvous and Proximity Operation of a Satellite. In: Advances in Aerospace Guidance Navigation and Control Springer. pp. 625-638. ISBN 978-3-319-17517-1.

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This paper focuses on vision-based detection and tracking of a nozzle of a satellite for rendezvous and proximity operation at very close range. For this purpose, on-board cameras can provide an effective solution in accuracy and robustness during the approach. However, the illumination conditions in space are especially challenging, due to the direct sunlight exposure, and to the glossy surface of a satellite. We propose an efficient tracking method that can be realized on standard processor, robustly dealing with the above issues exploiting model and image edges. The algorithm has been validated at the facility of the European Proximity Operations Simulator of DLR, using a ground simulation system that is able to reproduce sunlight conditions through a high power floodlight source, satellite surface properties using reflective foils, as well as complex motion trajectories with ground truth data.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/100671/
Document Type:Contribution to a Collection
Title:Camera-based Tracking for Rendezvous and Proximity Operation of a Satellite
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Oumer, Nassir W.nassir.oumer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Panin, Giorgiogiorgio.panin (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:April 2015
Journal or Publication Title:Advances in Aerospace Guidance Navigation and Control
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.1007/978-3-319-17518-8
Page Range:pp. 625-638
Bordeneuve-Guibe, JoelUNSPECIFIED
Drouin, AntoineUNSPECIFIED
Keywords:Camera-based tracking, proximity operation, on-orbit servicing, satellite nozzle detection
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Multisensorielle Weltmodellierung
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics (since 2013) > Perception and Cognition
Deposited By: Oumer, Nassir
Deposited On:13 Jan 2016 11:22
Last Modified:13 Jan 2016 11:22

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