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19 May 2006 3D scannerless LADAR for Orbiter inspection
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Proceedings Volume 6220, Spaceborne Sensors III; 62200G (2006)
Event: Defense and Security Symposium, 2006, Orlando (Kissimmee), Florida, United States
The Space Shuttle Program requires on-orbit inspection of the thermal protection system which covers the Orbiter spacecraft, including the critical leading-edge surfaces. A scannerless ladar system mounted on a 50-foot boom extension of the robotic arm provides this capability. This paper describes the sensor and ground processing system, which were developed by Sandia National Laboratories to meet the requirements of the Return to Flight mission in July of 2005. Mission operations for this sensor system are also reviewed.
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Robert O. Nellums, Robert D. Habbit, Mark R. Heying, Todd A. Pitts, and John V. Sandusky "3D scannerless LADAR for Orbiter inspection", Proc. SPIE 6220, Spaceborne Sensors III, 62200G (19 May 2006);

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