Payload

The whole point of the mission...

Stereoscopic Imaging (SI) is a subsystem that is unique to the Nanosat-8 Project. The SI system utilizes two cameras mounted on the top surface of MR SAT which are used nearly-simultaneously to help guide MR SAT through its orbit and stay focused on a Resident Space Object (RSO), which is MRS SAT in this case. A stereoscopic imaging layout is similar to the human eye, in that it takes input from two different sources and helps determine relative distance from the body. MR SAT will be using the cameras to take pictures of MRS SAT after separation, combine and analyze those images using a C++ algorithm installed an onboard computer, and then calculate angles from the center point of MR SAT's camera to the center point of MRS SAT with the objective of keeping MRS SAT in plain view at all times. A secondary objective of this subsystem is to take numerous photographs of the RSO during the circumnavigation mission mode of MR SAT and use those images to produce a 3-dimensional reconstruction of that RSO. An advantageous aspect of this system is that it requires low amounts of power and is a passive sensor, meaning that an RSO cannot detect that MR SAT is sensing it, as opposed to active sensors such as RADAR and LIDAR.