ICER is computer software that can perform both lossless and lossy compression and decompression of gray-scaleimage data using discrete wavelet transforms. Designed for primary use in transmitting scientific image data from distant spacecraft to Earth, ICER incorporates an error-containment scheme that limits the adverse effects of loss of data and is well suited to the data packets transmitted by deep-space probes. The error-containment scheme includes utilization of the algorithm described in "Partitioning a Gridded Rectangle Into Smaller Rectangles" (NPO-30479), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 28, No. 7 (July 2004), page 56. ICER has performed well in onboard compression of thousands of images transmitted from the Mars Exploration Rovers.

This program was written by Aaron Kiely and Matthew Klimesh of Caltech for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. For further information, access the Technical Support Package (TSP) free on-line at www.  under the Software category.

This software is available for commercial licensing. Please contact Karina Edmonds of the California Institute of Technology at (626) 395-2322. Refer to NPO-40982.

This Brief includes a Technical Support Package (TSP).
Compressing Image Data While Limiting the Effects of Data Losses

(reference NPO-40982) is currently available for download from the TSP library.

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