Inertial Stellar Compass

Inertial Stellar Compass Inertial Stellar Compass

This artist's concepts shows the various parts of the experimental Inertial Stellar Compass technology designed to help spacecraft of the future navigate more autonomously. › Larger view

Mission Summary

A brainchild of the Space Technology 6 project, the Inertial Stellar Compass is a conceptual advanced navigation system designed to allow spacecraft of the future to operate more autonomously. If deployed on a future space mission, the Compass would use a star camera to tell the spacecraft where it is pointing and gyroscopes to monitor the spacecraft's motion.

Space Technology 6 is a project to design technology that would make spacecraft of the future more autonomous. The project's Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment is currently being tested aboard NASA's Earth Observer 1 spacecraft.


Type: Instrument
 
Status: Proposed
 
Launch Date: To be determined
 
Target: To be determined
 
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