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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Passive Optical Remote Sensing and Imaging of Manmade Objects in Geosynchronous Earth Orbit

Location

Space Vehicles Directorate, RV/Battle Space Environment

RO# Location
13.40.12.B8174 Kirtland Air Force Base, NM 871175776

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Crabtree, Peter N peter.crabtree.6@us.af.mil 505.846.0437

Description

Our research centers on techniques for passive optical remote sensing and imaging of manmade objects in geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO). Resolved imaging of GEO satellites continues to be a challenging problem due to their great distance from both ground-based locations and low Earth orbit (LEO). We are currently interested in both (1) data processing techniques and optical designs to maximize the imaging performance of spaceborne cameras, and (2) more exotic synthetic aperture techniques, such as shadow imaging based on measurements of the Fresnel diffraction pattern of the object silhouette during stellar occultation. Results from analysis and simulation of synthetic aperture techniques will guide future imaging architectures and experiments aimed at improved characterization of space objects.

 

Keywords:
Remote sensing; Synthetic aperture; Shadow imaging; Stellar occultation; Multiframe image enhancement; Image registration; Optical flow; Super-resolution; High dynamic range;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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