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1 September 1990 CCD rendez-vous sensor proposed for Hermes spaceplane and Columbus MTFF providing nominal performances with the sun in its field of view
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Solid state imaging devices are now widely used in a lot of measurement applications,and specifically in space applications (remote sensing,star trackers).The development of space stations leads to a growing number of new in-orbit operations as the RENDEZ-VOUS, which consists in the approach,the docking or berthing of two space vehicles. This paper describes a new way to operate charge coupled devices (CCD) which allows to identify target patterns and to perform measurements in a severe optical environment(sun in the field of view).This new operating mode combined with lighting by a high power pulsed laser diode enables to design an efficient system for relative position and attitude measurements of two spacecrafts.This system is proposed for the rendez-vous phase between the HERMES spaceplane and the COLUMBUS Free Flyer,and for the approach of the COLUMBUS Free Flyer to the FREEDOM space station.Experimental results are presented and the first applications are described.
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Thierry T.B. Bomer and Michel Tulet "CCD rendez-vous sensor proposed for Hermes spaceplane and Columbus MTFF providing nominal performances with the sun in its field of view", Proc. SPIE 1310, Signal and Image Processing Systems Performance Evaluation, (1 September 1990); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.21813
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