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6 March 2002 Incoherent correlator system for satellite orientation control
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An incoherent correlator configuration is proposed and experimentally demonstrated that is capable of recognizing star patterns. The device may thus be employed for the orientation and navigation of a satellite or spacecraft. The correlator employs starlight directly and requires no laser or input spatial light modulator for operation. The filter is constructed form an array of mirrors that may be individually appropriately tilted so as recognize a particular star arrangement. The only other components of the system are a converging lens and CCD array detector. The device is capable of determining the pointing direction and rotation of a satellite or space vehicle. Experimental results employing the mirror array device illuminated with a point source early to simulate starlight are presented.
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Aristodemos Kouris, Rupert C. D. Young, Christopher R. Chatwin, and Philip M. Birch "Incoherent correlator system for satellite orientation control", Proc. SPIE 4734, Optical Pattern Recognition XIII, (6 March 2002);


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