Optical Navigation System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX07CA46P
Agency Tracking Number: 066945
Amount: $69,788.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: O1.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
33 Witherspoon St., Princeton, NJ, 08542-3207
DUNS: 805686870
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Paluszek
 Principal Investigator
 (609) 279-9606
Business Contact
 Michael Paluszek
Title: Business Official
Phone: (609) 279-9606
Email: map@psatellite.com
Research Institution
This proposal is for a flexible navigation system for deep space operations that does not require GPS measurements. The navigation solution is computed using an Unscented Kalman Filter that can accept any combination of range, planet chordwidth, and angle measurements using any ce- lestial object. The UKF employs a full nonlinear dynamical model of the orbit including gravity models and disturbance models. The filter will estimate both states and parameters. The integrated system employs a sensor that uses novel image processing to extract planetary chordwidths. The extra-solar system body sensor will employ band limiting imaging with the band selected to maximize reliable autonomous object identification.

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