Nanosatellite Maneuver Planning for Point Cloud Generation With a Rangefinder
OSTP Journal Article
Air Force Institute of Technology Wright Patterson AFB United States
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This paper discusses the application of a single beam laser rangefinger LRF to point cloud generation, shape detection, and shape reconstruction for a space-based space situational awareness SSA mission. The LRF is part of the payload of a chaser satellite tasked to image a resident space object RSO. The one-dimensional 1D nature of LRF returns significantly increases the complexity of the imaging task. To maximize coverage, a method to autonomously detect and fill gaps in sparse point cloud coverage using a narrow field of view NFOV camera in conjunction with the LRF is presented. Maneuvers can now be designed onl-line in real time, results presented validate the utility of a single-beam LRF as a tool for 3D imaging of RSO shapes.
- Target Direction, Range and Position Finding