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)
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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.
- Lasers and Masers
- Optical Detection and Detectors
- Unmanned Spacecraft