L1B+: A PERFECT SENSOR LOCALIZATION MODEL FOR SIMPLE SATELLITE STEREO RECONSTRUCTION FROM PUSH-FRAME IMAGE STRIPS
Keywords: Rational Polynomial Coefficients, RPC model, push-frame, SkySat, satellite stereo
Abstract. We propose a novel method to generate a single image product from a multi-image strip acquired by a push-frame satellite imaging system. The images of the push-frame strips are combined into a large scale mosaic simulating a perfect sensor geometry. The local camera models of the input images are leveraged to produce a new localization model that covers the output mosaic entirely. Among other applications, this simplifies the task of stereo reconstruction enormously: instead of treating multiple stereo pairs of small images, it is possible to reconstruct the entire area covered by the push-frame acquisition using a single pair of mosaics incorporating all the images. We test our method using strips of SkySat L1B scenes and denote the output images as L1B+. To evaluate the quality of the L1B+ images and their localization models, the stereo reconstructions obtained with L1B+ are compared with those obtained with L1B and with a lidar reference model.