Accession Number : AD0614238

Title :   EXPERIMENTAL VERIFICATION OF STAR IDENTIFICATION BY OPTICAL RADIATION ANALYSIS.

Descriptive Note : Rept. for Jul 63-Jul 64.

Corporate Author : FEDERAL SCIENTIFIC CORP NEW YORK

Report Date : FEB 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 110

Abstract : The purpose of this investigation is to experimentally verify prior theoretical conclusions that it is feasible for stars to be recognized from their radiation for use in the guidance and navigation of space vehicles. The experiments were performed at a terrestrial location with equipment capable of high precision measurements. The results indicate that within the atmosphere measurement accuracies are limited primarily by the atmosphere, but are still adequate for reliable stellar recognition. The precision of the measurements achieved are a factor of two better than for data generally published. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*STAR TRACKERS, OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS), (*STARS, OPTICAL ANALYSIS), (*OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS, STAR TRACKERS), (*CELESTIAL NAVIGATION, STAR TRACKERS), SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, SPACE NAVIGATION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE