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PICASSO: an end-to-end image simulation tool for space and airborne imaging systems

[+] Author Affiliations
Stephen A. Cota, Jabin T. Bell

The Aerospace Corporation, 15049 Conference Center Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151-3824

Richard H. Boucher

The Aerospace Corporation, 2350 E. El Segundo Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245-4691

Tracy E. Dutton, Christopher J. Florio, Geoffrey A. Franz, Thomas J. Grycewicz, Linda S. Kalman

The Aerospace Corporation, 15049 Conference Center Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151-3824

Robert A. Keller, Terrence S. Lomheim

The Aerospace Corporation, 2350 E. El Segundo Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245-4691

Diane B. Paulson

The Aerospace Corporation, 15049 Conference Center Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151-3824

Timothy S. Wilkinson

The Aerospace Corporation, 2350 E. El Segundo Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245-4691

J. Appl. Remote Sens. 4(1), 043535 (June 8, 2010). doi:10.1117/1.3457476
History: Received July 31, 2009; Revised December 15, 2009; Accepted December 15, 2009; June 8, 2010; Online June 08, 2010
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Abstract

The design of any modern imaging system is the end result of many trade studies, each seeking to optimize image quality within real world constraints such as cost, schedule and overall risk. Image chain analysis - the prediction of image quality from fundamental design parameters - is an important part of this design process. At The Aerospace Corporation we have been using a variety of image chain analysis tools for many years, the Parameterized Image Chain Analysis & Simulation SOftware (PICASSO) among them. In this paper we describe our PICASSO tool, showing how, starting with a high quality input image and hypothetical design descriptions representative of the current state of the art in commercial imaging satellites, PICASSO can generate standard metrics of image quality in support of the decision processes of designers and program managers alike.

© 2010 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers

Citation

Stephen A. Cota ; Jabin T. Bell ; Richard H. Boucher ; Tracy E. Dutton ; Christopher J. Florio, et al.
"PICASSO: an end-to-end image simulation tool for space and airborne imaging systems", J. Appl. Remote Sens. 4(1), 043535 (June 8, 2010). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.3457476


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