NASA SBIR 2007 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 07-2 X2.01-9384
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking Sensors
PROPOSAL TITLE: Using a Bore Sight Camera as an AR&D Sensor

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Advanced Optical Systems, Inc.
6767 Old Madison Pike, Suite 410
Huntsville, AL 35806 - 2181
(256) 971-0036

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Fred D Roe
6767 Old Madison Pike Suite 410
Huntsville, AL 35806 - 2181
(256) 971-0036

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 5

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
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.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed system supports the Exploration initiative and has the following NASA applications:
• Orion crew aid and backup system for docking
• COTS station keeping/berthing to resupply the ISS
• Future Hubble deorbit or servicing missions
• Earth orbit rendezvous for lunar transfer
• Lunar orbit rendezvous for return to Earth
• Lunar landing (georegistration with landing site maps)
• MARS rendezvous, landing and return

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed system has the following Non-NASA applications:
• Satellite servicing
• Commercial Space
• Georegistration
• Robotic Assembly
• Security systems
• DOD-Operationally Responsive Space (ORS)
• DOD black programs

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Attitude Determination and Control
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Pilot Support Systems
Telemetry, Tracking and Control
Testing Requirements and Architectures

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