A NOVEL TECHNIQUE FOR PRECISION GEOMETRIC CORRECTION OF JITTER DISTORTION FOR THE EUROPA IMAGING SYSTEM AND OTHER ROLLING-SHUTTER CAMERAS
We use simulated images to demonstrate a novel technique for mitigating geometric distortions caused by platform motion (“jitter”) as two-dimensional image sensors are exposed and read out line by line (“rolling shutter”). The results indicate that the Europa Imaging System (EIS) on NASA’s Europa Clipper can likely meet its scientific goals requiring 0.1-pixel precision. We are therefore adapting the software used to demonstrate and test rolling shutter jitter correction to become part of the standard processing pipeline for EIS. The correction method will also apply to other rolling-shutter cameras, provided they have the operational flexibility to read out selected “check lines” at chosen times during the systematic readout of the frame area.