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ESPA Based Satellite Bus

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
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2009 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Blue Canyon Technologies LLC
1524 North St Boulder, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: ESPA Based Satellite Bus
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9453-09-M-0143
Award Amount: $99,907.00


The Blue Canyon innovative approach is a combination of enabling technologies which, when coupled together, result in a revolutionary high-performance, low-cost systematic approach to Smallsats. The BCT ESPASat is able to provide a high performance design, compatible with a variety of EELV and specifically ESPA ring configurations at a low cost, primarily due to our innovative spacecraft architecture. A summary of the BCT ESPASat features provided by this architecture include: A proprietary electro-mechanical system design compatible with commercial, non-radhard electronics Radiation / Fault tolerant architecture with predicted mission life of 1 to 2 years Vibration dampening for electronics, mechanisms, and payload equipment High system agility achieved by incorporation of micro-CMGs High system Delta-V capability Standard ESPA ring / payload mechanical and electrical interfaces Blue Canyon Technologies engineers have leveraged extensive experience in development, test, and operations to arrive at this low cost, high-performance smallsat architecture which can be applied to commercial missions, military space test programs, military operational missions, and research applications. BENEFIT: The Commercialization of this technology falls into three major categories: 1. As a Commercial Spacecraft Bus, the BCT ESPASat concept would provide a very affordable, dependable and responsive solution for smaller agencies, spanning Academia, NASA, and Military and Commercial sectors to access space for experimental and operational missions. 2. Commercialization of spacecraft subsystem components. Development for this architecture may be extended to the individual component level, where low cost could be achieved thru the extension of our innovations on a smaller scale. 3. As a proving ground for potential spaceflight components in a "proof of concept" environment. The BCT ESPASat development effort also provides an excellent opportunity to facilitate the migration of commercial components from purely terrestrial applications to qualification for spaceflight use.

Principal Investigator:

George Stafford
Lead Scientist

Business Contact:

George Stafford
Director, Contracts and P
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1524 North St Boulder, CO 80304

EIN/Tax ID: 262692494
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No