The DEOS (Deutsche Orbitale Servicing) Project is concerned with on-orbit servicing (OOS) of a malfunctioning client satellite, through a servicer pacecraft, equipped with cameras and a robot arm. A preliminary estimation of trajectories of the tumbling body is needed, in order to assess motion dynamics (mass, inertia parameters) and therefore make accurate predictions for the subsequent grasping and docking, performed by the robot arm.
Scope of the Thesis is 3D visual motion estimation, knowing a CAD model of the client geometry. For this task, images will be obtained from a simulation mockup, installed in our facilities.
Additionally, it would be recommended some experience with the OpenCV computer vision library.
Duration: 6 months (start: mid-April 2012)
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