Faculty Advisor

Klein, Andrew G.

Center

Silicon Valley, California

Abstract

This project presents the design of an all-sky imager network system. The designed system is capable of taking all-sky images of upper atmospheric airglows and low-latitude auroras, and applying image processing algorithms to correct distortions and to eliminate background noise. This design incorporates novel astronomical image processing routines designed in Python. The processed images are then geo-located on a map of the United States for real-time display on a website. This system will be used to study macroscopic-scale auroras and airglows over the country and to characterize the dynamics of charged particles in the ionosphere. SRI International also intends to get high-school students involved in space-science education using this system.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Center

Silicon Valley, California

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