19 August 2010 Perceptual image quality and telescope performance ranking
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Abstract
Launch Vehicle Imaging Telescopes (LVIT) are expensive, high quality devices intended for improving the safety of vehicle personnel, ground support, civilians, and physical assets during launch activities. If allowed to degrade from the combination of wear, environmental factors, and ineffective or inadequate maintenance, these devices lose their ability to provide adequate quality imagery to analysts to prevent catastrophic events such as the NASA Space Shuttle, Challenger, accident in 1986 and the Columbia disaster of 2003. A software tool incorporating aberrations and diffraction that was developed for maintenance evaluation and modeling of telescope imagery is presented. This tool provides MTF-based image quality metric outputs which are correlated to ascent imagery analysts' perception of image quality, allowing a prediction of usefulness of imagery which would be produced by a telescope under different simulated conditions.
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Joshua K. Lentz, Joshua K. Lentz, James E. Harvey, James E. Harvey, Kenneth H. Marshall, Kenneth H. Marshall, Joseph Salg, Joseph Salg, Joseph B. Houston, Joseph B. Houston, } "Perceptual image quality and telescope performance ranking", Proc. SPIE 7786, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering XI; and Advances in Thin Film Coatings VI, 77860D (19 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.862833; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.862833
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