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3-D Docking Sensor Algorithms

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
69124
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
033895
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Michigan Aerospace Corporation
1777 Highland Drive, Suite B Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2285
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: 3-D Docking Sensor Algorithms
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNJ04JC34C
Award Amount: $69,813.00
 

Abstract:

Michigan Aerospace Corporation has been funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) over the past several years to investigate on-orbit satellite docking and servicing technology. One of the key technologies required for all of those operations (rendezvous, docking, and inspection) is the sensor. For rendezvous and docking, the guidance sensor(s) must measure bearing angle, separation, closing rate, and the six degree of freedom (6-DOF) orientation between the two spacecraft. Currently, multiple sensors are required to measure these variables under limited dynamic conditions. Michigan Aerospace Corporation proposes to take one of the steps in establishing the feasibility of using the Sandia Scannerless Laser Radar (SLR) as an end-to-end rendezvous, docking and inspection sensor. This Phase I effort will focus on developing a methodology and preliminary algorithms for processing the range data to extract information about a target spacecraft, such as position, orientation and rates. Sensor performance requirements, hardware development and risks will also be assessed.

Principal Investigator:

Pete Tchoryk
Principal Investigator
7349758777
ptchoryk@michiganaerospace.com

Business Contact:

Pete Tchoryk
Executive Vice President
7349758777
ptchoryk@michiganaerospace.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Michigan Aerospace Corporation
1777 Highland Dr., Suite B Ann Arbor, MI 48108

EIN/Tax ID: 383323642
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No