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Analysis of flash lidar field test data for safe lunar landing

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3 Author(s)
Andrew E. Johnson ; Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 91109, USA ; Jason A. Keim ; Tonislav Ivanov

In May 2008, the Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT) Project conducted a helicopter field test of a commercial flash lidar to assess its applicability to safe lunar landing. The helicopter flew several flights, which covered a variety of slant ranges and viewing angles, over man-made and natural lunar-like terrains. The collected data were analyzed to assess the performance of the sensor and the performance of two algorithms: Hazard Detection (HD) and Hazard Relative Navigation (HRN). The collected flash lidar data were also used to validate a high fidelity flash lidar software model used in ALHAT Monte Carlo simulations. The field test results, combined with prior simulation results, advanced the technology readiness level of the HD algorithm to TRL 5 and the HRN algorithm to TRL 4.

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Aerospace Conference, 2010 IEEE

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6-13 March 2010