Thermal Image Simulation to Support GNC Testing with PANGU (Paper SIW22-05)

Iain M. Martin, Martin B. Dunstan, Deren Vural, Manuel Sanchez Gestido

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Vision-based sensors have been a critical component in a variety of studies to support space applications such as autonomous guidance and landing systems, and orbital maneuvers, with simulated images been shown to be useful to test, calibrate and train these guidance systems. Advances in sensor technology has led to thermal sensors being considered for future autonomous guidance systems because they can provide additional or supplementary information to vision-based systems, leading to a need to provide realistic, simulated thermal images where real data is insufficient. This paper presents recent enhancements to the PANGU software tool to generate simulated thermal images of planets and asteroids from lunar surface thermal models and orbiting spacecraft using thermal balance equations.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2022
Event3rd Space Imaging Workshop - George Institute of Technology, Atlanta, United States
Duration: 10 Oct 202212 Oct 2022


Conference3rd Space Imaging Workshop
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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