Optical Relative Attitude Sensor for Short-Range Navigation

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,607.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NAS9-01161
Award Id:
56384
Agency Tracking Number:
013105
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
10 Corporate Place, South Bedford Street, Burlington, MA, 01803
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Christian Trowbridge
Principal Investigator
(781) 273-2820
chris@visidyne.com
Business Contact:
John Bates
Treasurer
(781) 273-2820
bates@visidyne.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Visidyne proposes to investigate a unique concept for a burst-modulated, flood-illumination LADAR to accomplish the 3-D imaging necessary to implement an effective short-range relative attitude sensor for the final phase of spacecraft rendezvous and docking. Recent advances in the areas of high-power laser diode technology and gateable CCD or CMOS array detectors promise to provide a cost-effective imaging LADAR sensor that can detect passive targets at relatively long range and over a wide field-of-regard. Bearing and range to the target will be calculated for input to the spacecraft guidance computer for fully automated rendezvous and docking.

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