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Modular Cubesat Architectures and Components

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
97274
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F093-088-2517
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 09-088
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates
5777 Central Avenue, Suite 221 Boulder, CO -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Modular Cubesat Architectures and Components
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9453-10-M-0168
Award Amount: $99,948.00
 

Abstract:

This Phase-I proposal applies Plug-and-Play concepts to the development of a radically new instrument, the so-called CubeSat-Tiny Ionospheric Photometer (CTIP) that will acquire 135.6 nm nightglow measurements with optical design, thermal management, and power control systems specifically constrained for a nadir-oriented 3U CubeSat bus. Phase-I deliverables will be payload designs that transition the CTIP design to be compatible with the current standard practices and interfaces established by the Plug-n-Play community, while still maintaining its small size and power. Specifically, we will: 1. Develop a CTIP proto-flight board conceptual design with hardware and software architectures that are mutually consistent with the Plug-n-Play communication interface standards and the established CubeSat mass, fit/form, and power resources; 2. Explore host computer selection and specifications for a CubeSat satellite bus that are compatible with the Plug-n-Play standards; 3. Explore optical and photometer design enhancements that will provide greater flexibility and modularity in the use of CTIP on CubeSats. The proposal team includes recognized experts in each relevant domain who have worked successfully together on various projects for many years. Phase-II will result in a nearly launch-ready instrument and satellite bus. The instrument has immediate operational mission capabilities in the domain of Space Situational Awareness. BENEFIT: As a community, we are at a Tipping Point, where the needs and capabilities of different players have become aligned. The new field of Space Plug-and-play Avionics (SPA) has developed in concert with Operationally Responsive Space, and this proposal describes an opportunity to apply some of the PnP concepts to an existing Cubesat-rated instrument so that it becomes relevant for an Operationally Responsive Space mission to measure global ionospheric electron densities that can be used for ionospheric specification. The instrument has immediate operational mission capabilities in the domain of Space Situational Awareness. It is also suitable for scientific missions by various government agencies including NASA and NSF.

Principal Investigator:

Geoff Crowley
President/Chief Scientist
2108343475
gcrowley@astraspace.net

Business Contact:

Geoff Crowley
President/Chief Scientist
2108343475
gcrowley@astraspace.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates
11118 Quail Pass San Antonio, TX 78249

EIN/Tax ID: 202946717
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No