“A Computer Vision System for Autonomous Satellite Maneuvering,” a Presentation from SCOUT Space

Andrew Harris, Spacecraft Systems Engineer at SCOUT Space, presents the “Developing a Computer Vision System for Autonomous Satellite Maneuvering” tutorial at the May 2023 Embedded Vision Summit.

Computer vision systems for mobile autonomous machines experience a wide variety of real-world conditions and inputs that can be challenging to capture accurately in training datasets. Few autonomous systems experience more challenging conditions than those in orbit. In this talk, Harris describes how SCOUT Space has designed and trained satellite vision systems using dynamic and physically informed synthetic image datasets.

Harris describes how his company generates synthetic data for this challenging environment and how it leverages new real-world data to improve our datasets. In particular, he explains how these synthetic datasets account for and can replicate real sources of noise and error in the orbital environment, and how his company supplements them with in-space data from the first SCOUT-Vision system, which has been in orbit since 2021.

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