Visual navigation chip for planetary landers

Martin Dunstan, Steve Parkes, Salvatore Mancuso

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    This paper describes an image processing chip developed by the University of Dundee to support vision-based navigation of a planetary lander. The chip detects features in an image and tracks them from one image frame to the next. It manages the list of feature points and their status. Information about tracked feature points is sent to a Guidance and Navigation Control (GNC) computer for integration with information from the Inertial Measurement Unit. The connection to the GNC computer is via two SpaceWire links. A third SpaceWire link is used to control the camera providing images to the image processing chip.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the DASIA 2005
    Subtitle of host publicationDAta Systems in Aerospace
    Place of PublicationNoordwijk
    PublisherEuropean Space Agency
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Electronic)92-9092-913-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventData Systems in Aerospace - Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Duration: 30 May 20052 Jun 2005

    Publication series

    NameEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
    PublisherEuropean Space Agency
    ISSN (Electronic)1609-042X


    ConferenceData Systems in Aerospace
    Abbreviated titleDASIA 2005
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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