Autonomous, Hand-Held Satellite Location and Pointing System (SLAPS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 20688
Amount: $49,955.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
209 Madison Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard D. Jurgens
 (703) 684-2900
Business Contact
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Research Institution
Adroit Systems, Inc. proposes to develop a hand-held , autonomous Satellite Location and Point System (SLAPS). The system will store communication satellites' ephemeris data to calculate and display visibility windows. SLAPS also will use this data to calculate the azimuth and elevation angle to the communication satellite of interest. The system will use interferometry of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite signals to determine its pointing angle. The user will be guided to the proper pointing angle by a visual display and audio cueing. Using GPS to determine the pointing angle to the satellite confers additional benefits on the user. The user will have his position and time in a universal reference frame used by the rest of the military. A pointing system based on GPS does not have to be calibrated, and is made of rugged, solid state electronics with no moving parts or optics. It will work in all latitudes because it is not susceptible to magnetic field deviations. In Phase I, Adroit proposes to develop the system and component functional specifications. These specifications will be used to determine the feasibility of the concept. A design methodology will then be developed in anticipation of prototyping SLAPS in Phase II.

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