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A Far Range Image Processing Method for Autonomous Tracking of an Uncooperative Target

Benninghoff, Heike and Tzschichholz, Tristan and Boge, Toralf and Gaias, Gabriella (2013) A Far Range Image Processing Method for Autonomous Tracking of an Uncooperative Target. 12th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation, Noordwijk.

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Abstract

This paper proposes an image processing method for far range rendezvous. A target spacecraft at distances up to $30$~km is tracked from camera images. The method is based on linking bright, connected sets of pixels over sequences of images. Stars and the target spacecraft are identified by using a star catalog and performing motion segmentation. The algorithm is illustrated in detail and %the visibility of stars and of the target are analyzed which is a prerequisite to perform far range image processing. Further, results of a flight experiment called ARGON are presented. The experiment took place in the extended phase of the PRISMA mission. The image processing method was employed and a successful rendezvous from $30$~km to $3$~km was accomplished using optical navigation.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/86993/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:A Far Range Image Processing Method for Autonomous Tracking of an Uncooperative Target
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Benninghoff, HeikeDLRUNSPECIFIED
Tzschichholz, TristanDLR, Universität WürzburgUNSPECIFIED
Boge, ToralfDLRUNSPECIFIED
Gaias, Gabriellagabriella.gaias (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:2013
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Image Processing, Tracking, Rendezvous, On-Orbit Servicing
Event Title:12th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation
Event Location:Noordwijk
Event Type:international Conference
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 on Orbit Servicing
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Space Flight Technology
Deposited By: Benninghoff, Heike
Deposited On:19 Dec 2013 09:35
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:44

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