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Low-Cost Suite of COTS GNC Sensors for Precision Lunar Lander

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
87939
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
075693
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Stellar Exploration, Inc.
174 Suburban Road Suite 120 San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-7518
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Low-Cost Suite of COTS GNC Sensors for Precision Lunar Lander
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX08CA88P
Award Amount: $99,996.00
 

Abstract:

We are proposing to exploit (in an innovative way) existing, readily available, GNC sensors for the purpose of precision lunar landing. Majority of previous lunar lander concepts with the precision/pinpoint landing capability required expensive and risky development of new GNC and landing sensors (scanning lidars, multi-beam mm-ww radar, etc.). Our proposed alternative consists solely of existing and low-cost sensors that synergistically leverage each capability and compensate for individual sensor weaknesses. For example, we can use a simple single-beam low-frequency radar altimeter (available at low-cost off-the-shelf, and proven on several Mars lander missions). The low-frequency radar can meet the maximum slant range requirements much easier than the mm-wave sensor but it does not have the adequate multiple narrow beam capability of the Apollo LM or Viking lander radar. However, the optical descent imaging measurement (using DSMAC-type sensor) can supplement the single beam radar measurement and obtain the same information about the complete state vector. There are several similar concepts implemented in this sensor suite of complementing strengths and weakness of individual sensors.

Principal Investigator:

Tomas Svitek
Principal Investigator
8055470417
tomas@stellar-exploration.com

Business Contact:

Charles Haycock
Business manager
8055432912
charles@haycock.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Stellar Exploration, Inc.
174 Suburban Rd Suite 120 San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

EIN/Tax ID: 770573953
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No