Using a Bore Sight Camera as an AR&D Sensor

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CA73C
Agency Tracking Number: 074616
Amount: $599,934.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
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
This Phase II SBIR project will provide real time, relative six Degree of Freedom (6DoF) information to the crew of the ORION for docking. Our technical innovation performs optimized correlation (ULTORREG), using video from the centerline (boresight) camera, to accurately locate features of interest, and marry that with a passive pose and position algorithm (ULTORREG P3E) to accurately measure relative position and pose. In Phase II this ULTORREG P3E process will be ported to an ORION VPU emulator, integrated with a centerline camera emulator, and demonstrated in a hardware in the loop (HWIL) docking experiment. The benefits of this program include: • No additional weight or volume added to the weight constrained ORION baseline design. • A backup docking sensor capability using different physics. • The sensor output data will serve as an astronaut aid, working with the same imagery the astronaut views, and providing calibrated measurements. • The sensor can work with Star Tracker imagery for long range relative navigation. • The sensor data can be used directly with the Orion control system, allowing the astronaut to serve a supervisory role, relieving workload. • Supports Lunar orbit docking (uncrewed Orion). • Compatible with future robotic missions and robotic systems.

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