Chapter 20

High Dynamic Range Digital Imaging of Spacecraft

B. Karr*,; A. Chalmers; K. Debattista    * Kennedy Space Center, FL, United States University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom

Abstract

The ability to capture digital engineering imagery during rocket launches in which all of the detail in the scene is present is critical for postlaunch processing and analysis. Rocket launches often present an extreme range of lighting during both day and night missions. Imaging rocket launches has two key challenges: capturing detail of the vehicle and scene, while also capturing detail in the engine plume. Unlike traditional video technology, high dynamic range imaging is capable of capturing a wide range of lighting in a scene. This chapter ...

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