Advanced Scientific Concepts' 3-D flash lidar camera captures 30 frames/s in real time

Aug. 14, 2011
The small-form-factor DragonEye 3-D flash lidar camera from Advanced Scientific Concepts (3-D FLC) has been designed for space exploration tasks.

The small-form-factor DragonEye 3-D flash lidarcamera (3-D FLC) has been designed for space exploration tasks, particularly manned and unmanned automated rendezvous and docking, and on-orbit satellite servicing. The 3-D camera captures a full array of 128 x 128 independently triggered 3-D range pixels per frame at up to 30 frames/s in real time. The 3D FLC is non-mechanical and employs Class I eye-safe lasers for illumination.
Advanced Scientific Concepts
Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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Advanced Scientific Concepts’ DragonEye 3D Flash LIDAR Space Camera Ready to Launch

Santa Barbara, CA – Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (ASC), a supplier of 3D Flash LIDAR cameras (3D FLC), announces the DragonEye 3D Flash LIDAR Camera has moved to a Technical Readiness Level (TRL) of 8.

The lightweight, small form factor DragonEye integrated 3D FLC is now ready to launch aboard upcoming space explorations, having been 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. The Final Approach Sequence to the International Space Station (ISS) can only be viewed on ASC’s website –

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 employs 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.

SOURCE: Advanced Scientific Concepts

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