Sensor Test for Orion RELNAV Risk Mitigation

ISS Docking System

STORRM, a next generation docking camera and navigation system, will make docking and undocking to the International Space Station (ISS) and other spacecraft easier and safer.

In 2011, astronauts aboard the STS-134 mission to the ISS successfully completed an on-orbit test and verification of the STORRM system. The test validated STORRM’s ability to provide the required docking accuracy and the range capability necessary to meet crew safety, mass, volume and power requirements for a wide variety of future NASA missions, including those into deep space.


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What We Did

What We Did

Sensor Provider

We designed and built the Vision Navigation Sensor (VNS) and the high definition Docking Camera, which are two key components of the STORRM system. 

The VNS provides game-changing innovation by using eye-safe flash LIDAR to image a target and calculate with precise accuracies for range, bearing, alignment and orientation data. The docking camera provides high-resolution color imagery. Working together, these sensors provide real-time 3D images with a resolution 16 times higher than previous space shuttle sensors. 

This innovative technology development effort is led by NASA’s Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Project Office at NASA Johnson Space Center in partnership with NASA Langley Research Center, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company and Ball.

STORMM Technology Demonstration

In June 2010, the STS-134 crew visited Ball Aerospace for training on the STORRM system.


Day and night high performance imaging on a variety of platforms

Laser/LIDAR imaging

3-D real-time imaging for science and military applications