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Using a Bore Sight Camera as an AR&D Sensor

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2009 / 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
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Using a Bore Sight Camera as an AR&D Sensor
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CA73C
Award Amount: $599,934.00


This Phase II SBIR project will provide real time, relative six Degree of Freedom (6DoF) information to the crew of the ORION for docking. Our technical innovation performs optimized correlation (ULTORREG), using video from the centerline (boresight) camera, to accurately locate features of interest, and marry that with a passive pose and position algorithm (ULTORREG P3E) to accurately measure relative position and pose. In Phase II this ULTORREG P3E process will be ported to an ORION VPU emulator, integrated with a centerline camera emulator, and demonstrated in a hardware in the loop (HWIL) docking experiment. The benefits of this program include: ýý No additional weight or volume added to the weight constrained ORION baseline design. ýý A backup docking sensor capability using different physics. ýý The sensor output data will serve as an astronaut aid, working with the same imagery the astronaut views, and providing calibrated measurements. ýý The sensor can work with Star Tracker imagery for long range relative navigation. ýý The sensor data can be used directly with the Orion control system, allowing the astronaut to serve a supervisory role, relieving workload. ýý Supports Lunar orbit docking (uncrewed Orion). ýý Compatible with future robotic missions and robotic systems.

Principal Investigator:

Fred D. Roe
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Halley 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