Vol 14, No 8

Improved astrometry of space debris with image restoration

Rong-Yu Sun, Chang-Yin Zhao


Abstract In order to implement an observing strategy, image degradation that occurs during optical observation of space debris is ineluctable and has distinct characteristics. Image restoration is presented as a way to remove the influence of degradation in CCD images of space debris, based on assumed PSF models with the same FWHM as images of the object. In the process of image restoration, the maximum entropy method is adopted. The results of reduction using observed raw CCD images indicate that the precision in estimating positions of objects is improved and the effects of degradation are reduced. Improving the astrometry of space debris using image restoration is effective and feasible.


Keywords techniques: image processing — space vehicles — astrometry — methods: data analysis

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