- Researchers at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) have developed a low-cost star sensor for astronomy and small CubeSat class satellite missions.
[Exploded view of Starberry-Sense star sensor]
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- The star sensor named Starberry-Sense can help small CubeSat class satellite missions find their orientation in space.
- the Starberry-Sense is ready for launch on the PS4-Orbital Platform by ISRO and can be used for CubeSats and other small satellite missions in the future.
- Features: Based on commercial/off-the-shelf components, this star sensor costs less than 10% of those available in the market.
- The brain of the instrument is a single-board Linux computer called Raspberry Pi, which is widely used among electronics hobby enthusiasts.
- Researchers coupled some highly optimised algorithms with a Raspberry Pi and turned it into a potent star sensor, named StarBerry-Sense.