Accession Number:

ADA532028

Title:

Three-Dimensional Imaging and Satellite Attitude Estimation Using Pulse Laser Illumination and a Remote Ultra-Low Light Imaging (RULLI) Sensor for Space Situational Awareness (SSA)

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB KIHEI MAUI HI DETACHMENT 15

Report Date:

2008-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

The remarkable temporal resolution of the Remote Ultra-Low Light Imaging RULLI sensor developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory has led to interest in exploiting this capability to perform 3-D imaging of satellites for improved Space Situational Awareness SSA. Such a system would require a pulsed laser illuminator combined with an adaptive optics system. We have developed a simulation of such a system and present a discussion of the model and preliminary results. These results show that 3-D imaging is a potentially powerful tool for understanding the orientation and configuration of satellites.

Subject Categories:

  • Lasers and Masers
  • Optical Detection and Detectors
  • Optics
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE