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Extremely Accurate Star Tracker SBIR Phase II

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-22-C-0840
Agency Tracking Number: N201-079-0705
Amount: $1,199,351.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N201-079
Solicitation Number: 00.1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-01-31
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-12-20
Small Business Information
2904 Westcorp Blvd Suite 210
Huntsville, AL 35805-1111
United States
DUNS: 832864370
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Greg Finney
 (256) 714-8097
Business Contact
 Zac Snodgrass
Phone: (256) 503-5019
Research Institution

During Phase I, IERUS Technologies and the University of Alabama in Huntsville teamed to transition the focal plane metrology technique developed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL).  The technique enables the location of pixels in a focal plane array to high precision. This technique, combined with a precision telescope, was shown to measure the the location of stars on the focal plane to better than 100 milli-arc-seconds.  Thermal analysis indicated that the anticipated environment would not degrade the accuracy beyond this limit.  Optical analysis showed the nominal design would provide diffraction limited performance.  The projected size is consistent with existing compact star trackers (1300 cc, < 1 kg). During Phase II, the team will develop a breadboard version of the design, including the optics, imaging system, and processing to extract star locations.

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