Optical Celestial Navigation System for High Mach High Altitude Operation

Period of Performance: 01/03/2013 - 10/03/2013

$430K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Optical Physics Company
26610 Agoura Road Array
Calabasas, CA 91302
Principal Investigator

Abstract

During the Navy sponsored Phase II project (SBIR Contract N00014-09-C-0479) Optical Physics Company (OPC) built a miniaturized interferometric star tracker that operates in the near infrared region of the spectrum (MiST-IR). MIST-IR can detect the angular separation of stars very accurately. This accuracy enables MiST-IR to calculate a GPS independent celestial fix, i.e., latitude and longitude coordinates. The primary objective of this proposed Continuing Development (CD) project is to conduct high altitude ground testing of the key MiST-IR component.