Single-Camera StarNAV Sensor

Space exploration within the commercial, business, and military sectors continues to increase, and the development of an autonomous navigation system capable of guidance navigation anywhere in the solar system free from the use of Earthbound orbiting satellites is required to ensure that these operations can be performed safely and accurately. Researchers at Rensselaer created a wide field-of-view (FoV) optical system for use as a StarNAV sensor with the potential to be mounted onto a spacecraft vehicle for use in measuring the velocity of the vessel during interstellar flights.