Maximizing Accuracy Through Stereo Vision Camera Positioning for Automated Aerial Refueling
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB United States
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Aerial refueling is a key component of the U.S. Air Force strategic arsenal. AAR looks to improve the refueling process by creating a more effective system. This thesis focuses on an AAR scenario where stereo cameras are used on the tanker to direct a boom into a port on the receiver aircraft. The research seeks the optimal design for the camera system to achieve the most accurate navigational estimates. The testing process consist of simulations with both un-obscured scenarios and cases where the boom causes significant occlusion. The results define the improvements in position and orientation estimation of camera positioning from the consolidated simulation data. Conclusions drawn from this research will propose and help provide recommendations for future Air Force acquisition and development of aerial refueling systems.
- Military Aircraft Operations