Advanced Exoplanet Star Tracker for Orbit Self Determination

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$124,825.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX12CE14P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
114614
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
O4.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 143881, Austin, TX, 78714-3881
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
020225376
Principal Investigator:
George Hindman
Principal Investigator
(512) 835-6238
GWHindman@KeyAerospace.com
Business Contact:
George Hindman
Business Official
(512) 835-6238
GWHindman@KeyAerospace.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
This proposal puts forth an innovative star tracker hardware sensor that allows for autonomous calculation of a spacecraft's orbit by employing Doppler Spectroscopy and Astrometric techniques. The proposed advanced star tracker provides onboard deep space orbit self determination capabilities through the use of specialized reference stars that have exoplanet companions. The motion of exoplanets around a reference star's barycenter provides a stable, highly predictable natural signal pattern. An advanced exoplanet star tracker enhances mission capabilities for future manned and unmanned space vehicles as well as reducing Deep Space Network (DSN) tracking requirements and resources.

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