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Close Range Tracking of An Uncooperative Space Target in a Sequence of PMD Images

Klionovska, Ksenia and Ventura, Jacopo and Benninghoff, Heike and Huber, Felix (2017) Close Range Tracking of An Uncooperative Space Target in a Sequence of PMD Images. 1st IAA Conference on Space Situational Awareness, 13.-15. Nov. 2017, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A..

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This paper presents a pose estimation routine for tracking attitude and position of an uncooperative tumbling spacecraft during close rendezvous phase. The key aspect is a possible use of a Photonic Mixer Device (PMD) sensor instead of existent state-of-the-art visual rendezvous sensors. We propose a hybrid navigation technique which employs an iterative closest point algorithm with a reverse calibration technique and image processing procedure based on a given set of N 2D-to-3D correspondences using only measurements from the PMD sensor. Applying this technique we gain a redundant estimation of the target's state vector in real-time without hardware redundancy. It would increase the reliability of the navigation system working under influence of different environmental factors with the PMD sensor. The capabilities of the proposed procedure are demonstrated with a real-time testbed for proximity operations and with images acquired from the PMD camera.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/115587/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Close Range Tracking of An Uncooperative Space Target in a Sequence of PMD Images
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Klionovska, Kseniamunich aerospace, dlrUNSPECIFIED
Ventura, Jacopodaad, dlrUNSPECIFIED
Benninghoff, HeikedlrUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:PMD camera, tracking, debris removal, on-orbit servicing,
Event Title:1st IAA Conference on Space Situational Awareness
Event Location:Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:13.-15. Nov. 2017
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Projekt OOS-E2E (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Space Flight Technology
Deposited By: Frei, Heike
Deposited On:21 Nov 2017 17:44
Last Modified:21 Nov 2017 17:44

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