About the Experiment: Space Technology 6, part of NASA's New Millennium Program, hosts two advanced, experimental technologies. One, the Inertial Stellar Compass, incorporates a miniaturized camera and gyro system. NASA is developing this technology in partnership with a commercial technology provider.
Project Manager: Arthur B. Chmielewski, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Experiment Manager: Arthur B. Chmielewski, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Technology Provider: William Wyman, Draper Laboratory
About the Technology: The Inertial Stellar Compass uses an ultra-low power and low mass miniature star camera and microelectromechanical gyros to enable a spacecraft to determine its orientation in space.
Major Contractors/Contributors: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Draper Laboratory
Launch Date: December 16, 2006
Launch Vehicle: Minotaur I
Launch Site: NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA
Launch Mass: Three kilograms (nearly seven pounds)
Communications Bandwidth: 15 megabytes total
Max Data Rate: TBD
Max Power: seven watts
Outreach Coordinator/Manager: Nancy J. Leon, New Millennium Program, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Contact for more info: W. Wyman, Draper Laboratory
Date information last updated: July 2007