We describe optical systems modeling in the Testbed Environment for Space Situational Awareness (TESSA) simulator. We begin by presenting a brief outline of the overall TESSA architecture and focus on components for modeling optical sensors. Both image generation and image processing stages are described in detail, highlighting the differences in modeling ground- and space-based sensors. We conclude by outlining the applicability domains for the TESSA simulator, including potential real-life scenarios.
© 2011 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 2, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 12, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 16, 2011
Published: July 27, 2011
Sergei Nikolaev, "Optical modeling in Testbed Environment for Space Situational Awareness (TESSA)," Appl. Opt. 50, D21-D26 (2011)