Wed, Aug 10, 2011
Advanced Scientific Concepts' New Imaging System Tested On
A lightweight, small form factor DragonEye integrated 3D FLC
(Flash LIDAR Camera) is now ready to launch aboard upcoming space
explorations, according to Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
(ASC). Designed especially for Automated Rendezvous and Docking
(AR&D) and On-orbit Satellite Servicing (OSS), it was most
recently tested on the STS-133 Discovery in February 2011 and has
been listed as Technical Readiness Level (TRL) of 8.
Capable of capturing a full array of 128x128 independently
triggered 3D range pixels per frame up to 30 frames per second in
real-time, DragonEye is the first 3D FLC in space. The
non-mechanical DragonEye boasts ASC's leading-edge technology
advantages, including its Class I eye-safe lasers for illumination,
real-time imaging without motion distortion to provide real-time
input for guidance, navigation and control (GNC) systems.
"The DragonEye 3D Flash LIDAR camera opens many doors for 3D FLC
in space, making both manned and unmanned AR&D possible," said
Dr. Roger Stettner, President and CEO of ASC. "We are pleased
with what we've already been able to achieve with the DragonEye,
and look forward to this next phase of product development which
sets the stage for long term space use."
ASC 3D FLC systems can be found in a wide range of applications,
including Automotive, Defense, Surveillance, Robotics and
Aviation. ASC's patented, unique technology brings tremendous
value to space-based applications.
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