Using a Bore Sight Camera as an AR&D Sensor

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CC25P
Agency Tracking Number: 074616
Amount: $99,880.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: X2.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
6767 Old Madison Pike, Suite 410, Huntsville, AL, 35806-2181
DUNS: 363526914
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Fred Roe
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 971-0036
Business Contact
 Halley LIttle
Title: Business Official
Phone: (256) 971-0036
Research Institution
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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