ISLAMABAD: NASA engineers are developing a precision attitude sensor or star tracker that would be able to locate stars during daylight hours.
The team at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility (WFF), located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, is working on a low cost, off the shelf solution to overcome the challenges of collecting data in daylight, the US space agency said in a statement.
The star tracker is being developed specifically for the Wallops Arc Second Pointer (WASP) which would use the star tracker’s data to point a balloon borne scientific payload with incredible accuracy and stability, NASA gov.reported.
Currently, WASP usually employs the commonly used ST5000 star tracker.
However, this device cannot take images in the daytime even at 120,000 feet where scientific balloons operate.