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A Lightweight, Inexpensive, Low-Power Star Tracker for Small Satellites

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Award ID:
69427
Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
B2-0537
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AEROASTRO, INC.
20145 Ashbrook Place Ashburn, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: A Lightweight, Inexpensive, Low-Power Star Tracker for Small Satellites
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Contract: N00178-04-C-3108
Award Amount: $0.00
 

Abstract:

In partnership with MIT, AeroAstro will continue the development of a highly innovative lightweight, inexpensive, low power star tracker for small satellite applications. No solution currently exists currently in this area of the trade space. The design developed in Phase I takes advantage of the processing capabilities embedded in newer CMOS imagers to reduce power consumption and limit the amount of glue logic required, and exploits highly compact pattern recognition algorithms to find star pairs using a minimal star catalog. The solution offers accuracy better than 100 arc-seconds, meeting the unique requirements of small maneuverable space vehicles at a fraction of the cost, mass, and power consumption of larger, higher impact star trackers. In Phase II, the star tracker design will be advanced to a Critical Design Review and a flight-prototype will be constructed and tested.

Principal Investigator:

Ray Zenick
Program Manager
8584813785
ray.zenick@aeroastro.com

Business Contact:

Mike Conley
Vice President, Programs
7037239800
mike.conley@aeroastro.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AEROASTRO, INC.
20145 Ashbrook Place, Ashburn, VA 20147

EIN/Tax ID: 541931506
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
MIT
77 Massachusetts Ave., E19-750,
Cambridge, MA 02210
Contact: Sedwick
Contact Phone: (617) 253-7831
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university