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Using a Bore Sight Camera as an AR&D Sensor

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2008 / 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
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Using a Bore Sight Camera as an AR&D Sensor
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX08CC25P
Award Amount: $99,880.00


Orion requires a rendezvous and docking sensor to provide relative navigation information during proximity operations and docking. In order to dock, the sensor must provide full six degree of freedom (6 DOF) relative position and relative attitude information at a rate sufficient for the rendezvous spacecraft guidance system to robustly control the docking maneuver. Orion faces critical weight issues that make inclusion of multiple sensors for AR&D unlikely in its baseline configuration. Locations for mounting the sensors external to the spacecraft are also critical issues. A bore sight camera however will be included in the design to furnish crew video data for the final docking maneuvers. Clever utilization of this existing Orion bore sight camera can provide a robust 6DoF capability with only the addition of vision processing software.

Principal Investigator:

Fred Roe
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Halley R. LIttle
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

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

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