Patent Number: 6,167,144

Title: Image processing apparatus and image processing method for identifying a landing location on the moon or planets

Abstract: An image processing apparatus and method for identifying a safe landing location on the surface of the moon or planets calculates local average brightness and brightness variance in a neighborhood of each image pixel based on a digital image data obtained with a camera and determines whether each pixel represents a level and flat area based on the local average brightness and brightness variance calculated for each pixel, thereby extracting a desirable landing site.

Inventors: Nishiguchi; Kenichi (Tokyo, JP), Yoshikawa; Shoji (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: G06T 7/00 (20060101); G06K 009/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2013