LSIC Workshop on Lunar Mapping for Precision Landing

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 -Thursday, March 4, 2021

Venue: Virtual

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - Thursday, March 4, 2021


Location: Virtual

Registration is closed.
Abstracts are not being accepted at this time.

Meeting Link:

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Registration Deadline 26 February 2021


The goal of this workshop is to bring together Lunar geologists, data scientists, and navigation engineers that work on Terrain Relative Navigation (TRN) Systems for Lunar Missions to provide participants with an overview of the Lunar orbital imagery data, a description of the Lunar Digital Elevation Maps (DEMs) currently available, including surface properties, albedo, and inherent data and modeling errors, and the considerations for using the data in the development and testing of TRN systems. The workshop objective is to provide lunar scientists and data scientists with an understanding of the map requirements needed to achieve navigation solutions for Lunar TRN while providing navigation engineers with a deeper insight into the map data and the map building processes that produce the maps used to calculate spacecraft positions during flight. The team seeks inputs from data scientists and users to determine how the community can help NASA catalog existing tools, methods and approaches for building DEMs, for accurate rendering of the Lunar surface, and for Validation and Verification of TRN systems that can fill technology gaps for future Lunar landing missions. A final report detailing the workshop findings will be made public.

Abstract Submission

Abstract deadline has been extended to February 19, 2021

We are soliciting short abstracts to present posters at the workshop on Day 3. The goal of the poster session is to provide information about the state of the art in Terrain Rendering Tools. If you would like to present, please include the following information:

  • Tool name
  • Tool Capabilities
  • Tool?s main purpose or most applicable flight regime
  • Basic methods (i.e. physics-based ray-tracing)
  • Modeled surface properties (light, albedo, shadows, specific types of errors)
  • Can synthetic features be modeled or imported?
  • Hardware requirements to run the software
  • Compatibility with other tools or simulation environments. Can sensor models be imported?
  • Ease of use for TRN applications
  • Are there any map validation or verification/error analysis inherent to the tool
  • Cost/licensing

Organizing Committee

  • Adnan Ansar, Jet Propulsion Lab
  • Michael Barker, Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Ross Beyer, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Yang Cheng, Jet Propulsion Lab
  • Andrew Johnson, Jet Propulsion Lab
  • Andrew Liounis, Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Erwan Mazarico, Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Noah Petro, Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Carolina Restrepo, Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Angela Stickle, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Jason Swenson, Goddard Space Flight Center


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