"THE GROWING PERIL OF SPACE DEBRIS" IS RECEIVING PUBLIC ATTENTION.

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1983
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
633
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Chronometrics Inc.
9155 Brookville Rd., Silver Spring, MD, 20910
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
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 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
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Abstract
"THE GROWING PERIL OF SPACE DEBRIS" IS RECEIVING PUBLIC ATTENTION. IT IS BECOMING A HAZARD TO THE MILITARY AND CIVILIAN USE OF SPACE, REQUIRING INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION. YET, IT IS STILL A LITTLE UNDERSTOOD PHENOMENON, DUE IN LARGE PART TO A LACK OF ADEQUATE MONITORING INSTRUMENTATION.THIS PROGRAM IS TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF THE FOLLOWING CRITICAL APPROACHES TO A LOW-COST SPACECRAFT-MOUNTABLE, PASSIVE OPTICAL SPACE DEBRIS MONITOR: (1) SIGNIFICANT SENSITIVITY IMPROVEMENT OVER PREVIOUSLY PROPOSED METHODS THROUGH THE USE OF IMAGING AND IMAGE-PROCESSING METHODS; (2) ELECTRONIC DESIGN, TO LEVEL OF BLOCK DIAGRAMS, OF AN ORBITAL DEBRIS MONITOR; (3) TEST METHODOLOGY FOR THE MONITORBEFORE FLIGHT ON SPACECRAFT. THE GOAL OF PHASE II IS TO DESIGN, CONSTRUCT, AND TEST A BENCH MODEL OF A SPACE DEBRIS MONITOR. THE GOAL IN PHASE III IS A SPACE DEBRIS MONITOR WHICH FILLS THE GAP OF INFORMATION ABOUT OBJECTS AT SIZES FROM 0.1 CM TO 10 CM ORBITING IN THE 500-1500 KM ALTITUDE RANGE.

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