Advanced Exoplanet Star Tracker for Orbit Self Determination

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$124,825.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNX12CE14P
Solitcitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2012
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
114614
Solicitation Topic Code:
O4.02
Small Business Information
Keystone Aerospace
P.O. Box 143881, Austin, TX, 78714-3881
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
020225376
Principal Investigator
 George Hindman
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 835-6238
 GWHindman@KeyAerospace.com
Business Contact
 George Hindman
Title: Business Official
Phone: (512) 835-6238
Email: 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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