Long Range Optical Navigation

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: NASA1105
Amount: $69,924.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
10 Corporate Place, South Bedford St., Burlington, MA, 01803
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Christian Trowbridge
 Senior Scientist
 (781) 273-2820
Business Contact
 John Bates
Title: Treasurer
Phone: (781) 273-2820
Email: jwc@visidyne.com
Research Institution
The large effective cross-section at optical wavelengths, of even small retroflectors makes them an attractive option for long distance ranging. Visidyne proposes to demonstrate, using an innovative combination of newly available optical component technologies, and advanced signal processing, the capability to range, measure range rate and bearing to a target satellite from initial acquisition to the docking phase. Unique about the proposed concept is that it can be optimized for a wide range of update rates from the very low at long distances to high during the critical docking phase.

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