Using a Bore Sight Camera as an AR&D Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,880.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX08CC25P
Agency Tracking Number:
074616
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
X2.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Advanced Optical Systems, Inc.
6767 Old Madison Pike, Suite 410, Huntsville, AL, 35806-2181
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
363526914
Principal Investigator:
Fred Roe
Principal Investigator
(256) 971-0036
roe@aos-inc.com
Business Contact:
Halley LIttle
Business Official
(256) 971-0036
contracts@aos-inc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Orion requires a rendezvous and docking sensor to provide relative navigation information during proximity operations and docking. In order to dock, the sensor must provide full six degree of freedom (6 DOF) relative position and relative attitude information at a rate sufficient for the rendezvous spacecraft guidance system to robustly control the docking maneuver. Orion faces critical weight issues that make inclusion of multiple sensors for AR&D unlikely in its baseline configuration. Locations for mounting the sensors external to the spacecraft are also critical issues. A bore sight camera however will be included in the design to furnish crew video data for the final docking maneuvers. Clever utilization of this existing Orion bore sight camera can provide a robust 6DoF capability with only the addition of vision processing software.

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