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Payload 02 Information


Payload Flight Number:

2008 - 02
Institution:

Tulane University
Payload Title:

Found in Space

Student Leader:
  • Michael Woodman
  • Email: mwoodman@tulane.edu
Faculty Advisor:
  • Harry Howard
  • Spanish
  • Tulane University
  • 302 Newcomb Hall
  • New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Email:howard@tulane.edu
  • Office:504-862-3417
  • Fax: 504-862-8752
Payload class:
SMALL
Payload ID Number:
02
Mass:
0.685 kg
Current:
0.2A @ 30V
Serial Commands:
No
Discrete Commands:
No
Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due:
Delivered:
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled:
Actual:
Flight Operation Plan
Due:
Delivered:
Final Flight / Science Report
Due:
Delivered:
Abstract:
There are few fixed reference points in space, but one of the most robust is the background of stars. This truism has lead to the invention of the star tracker, a device that compares salient stars in a photographic image of a portion of space against a star catalog to determine the orientation of the camera and thus of the vehicle that carries it. There are star trackers available commercially, but they run from a half million to a million dollars and thus are prohibitively expensive for a small space venture with limited funding.

One such venture is the team that Tulane University’s Sociocognitive Robotics Lab (and Igor Carron at Texas A&M University) has partnered with to win the Google Lunar XPrize. HASP provides our team with the ability to test a home-made COTS star tracker in conditions similar to those that it will encounter on its way to the Moon.

Payload Application:
02_Tulane_HASP_2008.pdf

Payload Integration Plan:

Science Report:

Monthly Briefings: