Space Technology Centre awarded HARVD grant from Astrium SAS/ESA

The Space Technology Centre has won funding from Astrium SAS as part of the European Space Agency (ESA) HARVD study.

HARVD (High-integrity, Autonomous, multi-range RendezVous & Docking) aims to develop a European capability for autonomous orbital rendezvous and docking. It is intended that computer vision techniques will be used during the rendezvous process.

The University of Dundee will be responsible for enhancing the PANGU scene generator software to simulate realistic images of 3D spacecraft in rendezvous conditions, so that a vision-based rendezvous simulator can be fed with the appropriate test inputs. See the HARVD project page for more details.