Alignment determination of the Hayabusa2 laser altimeter (LIDAR)

Hirotomo Noda, Hiroki Senshu, Koji Matsumoto, Noriyuki Namiki, Takahide Mizuno, Seiji Sugita, Shinsuke Abe, Hiroshi Araki, Kazuyoshi Asari, Yuichiro Cho, Atsushi Fujii, Masahiko Hayakawa, Arika Higuchi, Naoyuki Hirata, Naru Hirata, Chikatoshi Honda, Rie Honda, Yoshiaki Ishihara, Shingo Kameda, Shota KikuchiToru Kouyama, Moe Matsuoka, Yuya Mimasu, Tomokatsu Morota, Satoru Nakazawa, Kazunori Ogawa, Naoko Ogawa, Go Ono, Shoko Oshigami, Takanao Saiki, Naoya Sakatani, Sho Sasaki, Hirotaka Sawada, Makoto Shizugami, Hidehiko Suzuki, Tadateru Takahashi, Yuto Takei, Satoshi Tanaka, Eri Tatsumi, Fuyuto Terui, Yuichi Tsuda, Seiitsu Tsuruta, Sei ichiro Watanabe, Manabu Yamada, Ryuhei Yamada, Tomohiro Yamaguchi, Keiko Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Yokota, Fumi Yoshida, Kent Yoshikawa, Makoto Yoshikawa, Kazuo Yoshioka

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Abstract

In this study, we determined the alignment of the laser altimeter aboard Hayabusa2 with respect to the spacecraft using in-flight data. Since the laser altimeter data were used to estimate the trajectory of the Hayabusa2 spacecraft, the pointing direction of the altimeter needed to be accurately determined. The boresight direction of the receiving telescope was estimated by comparing elevations of the laser altimeter data and camera images, and was confirmed by identifying prominent terrains of other datasets. The estimated boresight direction obtained by the laser link experiment in the winter of 2015, during the Earth’s gravity assist operation period, differed from the direction estimated in this study, which fell on another part of the candidate direction; this was not selected in a previous study. Assuming that the uncertainty of alignment determination of the laser altimeter boresight was 4.6 pixels in the camera image, the trajectory error of the spacecraft in the cross- and/or along-track directions was determined to be 0.4, 2.1, or 8.6 m for altitudes of 1, 5, or 20 km, respectively. [Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Original languageEnglish
Article number21
JournalEarth, Planets and Space
Volume73
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Alignment determination
  • Field of view
  • Hayabusa2
  • LIDAR
  • Laser altimeter

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