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Rendezvous and Docking Sensor Suite

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2003 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Advanced Optical Systems, Inc
6767 Old Madison Pike Suite 410 Huntsville, AL -
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Rendezvous and Docking Sensor Suite
Agency: NASA
Contract: NAS8-03029
Award Amount: $69,990.00


NASA wants to develop new relative navigation methods and sensors for autonomous rendezvous and docking, with a minimum relative navigation sensor suite addressing spacecraft-to-spacecraft ranges of 100 kilometers through docking, including relative attitude control during the final 100 meters of the approach. This proposal represents an opportunity to leverage an on-going program. The Video Guidance Sensor (VGS) has been proven on orbit and is the system of choice for rendezvous and docking guidance for both manned and unmanned flights. Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. (AOS) has been selected to develop the first prototypes and to support Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) in developing the flight hardware for the Advanced Video Guidance Sensor (AVGS) for the Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology (DART) mission under the Space Launch Initiative (SLI). AOS proposes to combine a mid/short-range AVGS with a long range, time-of-flight laser radar in order to achieve a complete sensor suite that gives range and bearing at ranges of 100 kilometers through docking and 6 degrees-of-freedom information from 300 meters through docking. As an alternative, and depending upon NASA?s needs, we could develop a wide field-of-view, mid range (2 kilometer) laser radar.

Principal Investigator:

Keith B. Farr
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Kenneth Merwin
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Advanced Optical Systems, Inc.
6767 Old Madison Pike, Suite 410 Huntsville, AL 35806

EIN/Tax ID: 630993088
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No