This research is an innovative approach to fuse the rapid advancements in miniaturized high-speed electronics with the ultra-compact freeform optical design from our FY16 efforts to create the next generation of stellar scanner instruments.
The objective of this project is to develop a novel star scanner sensor prototype for integrated Cubesat structures that desire streamlined Guidance, Navigation and Control (GN&C) components. This prototype will be the first star scanner developed to slide into a frame and can be easily swapped with other components. This modularity would significantly reduce CubeSat development time, cost, and integration.
The four primary objectives are to develop new freeform optical alignment methods for the mechanical structure. Next, utilize/manufacture a sensor electronics board with a slim volume and develop mature signal processing algorithms specifically for attitude determination software. Last, perform a trade study on emerging detector technology, that promises ~20% (or greater) noise reduction for Goddard Cubesat sensor and instruments.
A spin stabilized Cubesat platform based on Goddard Spaceflight Center (GSFC) current cubesat designs can benefit from this Ultra-compact technology investment. In the current space limited design for current GSFC CubeSats, there is more than enough volume for slim sensor to enhance the Guidance Navigation and Control (GN&C) knowledge. The combination of this radical optical design and front-end optical design research can revolutionize the way instruments/sensors in science and engineering are applied to GSFC long-term science goals.More »
The purpose of the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Internal Research and Development (IRAD) program is to support new technology development and to address scientific challenges. Each year, Principal Investigators (PIs) submit IRAD proposals and compete for funding for their development projects. Goddard’s IRAD program supports eight Lines of Business: Astrophysics; Communications and Navigation; Cross-Cutting Technology and Capabilities; Earth Science; Heliophysics; Planetary Science; Science Small Satellites Technology; and Suborbital Platforms and Range Services.
Task progress is evaluated twice a year at the Mid-term IRAD review and the end of the year. When the funding period has ended, the PIs compete again for IRAD funding or seek new sources of development and research funding or agree to external partnerships and collaborations. In some cases, when the development work has reached the appropriate Technology Readiness Level (TRL) level, the product is integrated into an actual NASA mission or used to support other government agencies. The technology may also be licensed out to the industry.
The completion of a project does not necessarily indicate that the development work has stopped. The work could potentially continue in the future as a follow-on IRAD; or used in collaboration or partnership with Academia, Industry and other Government Agencies.
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|Organizations Performing Work||Role||Type||Location|
|Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)||Lead Organization||NASA Center||Greenbelt, MD|