EXPERIMENTAL VERIFICATION OF STAR IDENTIFICATION BY OPTICAL RADIATION ANALYSIS.
Rept. for Jul 63-Jul 64.
FEDERAL SCIENTIFIC CORP NEW YORK
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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