In July (2015) Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Group PhD candidate Ankit Verma attended a training workshop on Photogrammetric Processing of Planetary Stereo Imagery using ISIS and SOCET SET® at United States Geological Survey Astrogeology Center, Flagstaff, Arizona.
This workshop was attended by people with diverse background in Planetary and Space Sciences from all around the world and was a wonderful opportunity to network with these people.
The three day long training covered end-to-end, hands-on photogrammetric procedures for surface extraction from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE image pairs. The hands-on training also included an overview of ISIS pre-processing, SOCET SET® import of image and reference data, orientation procedures, triangulation and bundle adjustment, automated surface extraction of digital terrain models (DTM), editing, and data export.
SOCET SET is a software application that performs functions related to photogrammetry. It is developed and published by BAE Systems. SOCET SET was among the first commercial digital photogrammetry software programs. SOCET SET inputs digital aerial photographs, taken in stereo (binocular) fashion, and from those photos it automatically generates a digital elevation model, digital feature (vector data), and orthorectified images. The output data is used by customers to create digital maps, and for mission planning and targeting purposes. SOCET SET, like all high-end photogrammetry applications, requires a stereo display to be used to its fullest potential.
The USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona has a rich history of participation in space exploration and planetary mapping, starting in 1963 when the Flagstaff Science Center was established to provide lunar geologic mapping and assist in training astronauts destined for the Moon. Throughout the years, the program has participated in processing and analyzing data from numerous missions to planetary bodies in our solar system, assisting in finding potential landing sites for exploration vehicles, and mapping our neighboring planets and their moons.
Ankit is planning to use the skills he learned at this workshop to build DTMs of his study site in Gale Crater. Ankit will also pass-on this useful skills to his colleagues in the research group.