Astronomy from the Edge of Space (2005)

University of Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin proposed to NASA's Explorer Technology Program to design and build a star tracker. They were successful, and under this grant the University of Wisconsin built a star tracker that was backward compatible with the Ball STRAP tracker used in the sounding rocket program. The photo shows the electronics box, engineering camera head, and the GSE box.
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A team of rocket scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Space Astronomy Laboratory talk about innovative developments such as the Star Tracker 5000, which offers important applications for the national space program. The device accurately orients spacecraft by tracking star fields with a high level of precision. The researchers also explain how they gather information with an ultraviolet telescope launched by rocket, providing insight into the levels of invisible light in the universe.


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