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Micro-sized Microwave Atmospheric Satellite Cluster (MicroMAS)

Award Information

Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
DARPA 09T005
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
4 Cambridge Center 11th Floor Cambridge, MA 02142-1494
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Micro-sized Microwave Atmospheric Satellite Cluster (MicroMAS)
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N10PC20252
Award Amount: $98,851.00


Small satellites working in coordinated manner as part of a distributed constellation hold the promise to revolutionize DoD space operations. However, small satellites also have significant inherent limitations. Their size limits the types of sensors that they can accommodate. It also limits propulsion, power generation and attitude control capabilities. One way of overcoming some of these limitations is by developing a coordinated architecture where the resources of multiple smallsats are combined to accomplish the mission objective. Aurora proposes to systematically define how constellations of multifunctional small satellites can replace, enhance or augment existing space based capabilities through the investigation of of mission performance and technology infusion into those platforms. In this proposal, we will develop a systematic quantified methodology for analyzing various constellation architectures with military applications. This will allow us to quantify the benefit that small satellite constellations can provide to the DoD. Furthermore, this same methodology will allow us to identify key technologies whose development will greatly decrease the technical and programmatic risk. This work is based on modeling techniques that we have developed over the years and have applied to a range of missions, an example of which (Techsat 21) is presented in the proposal.

Principal Investigator:

Javier Luis
Chief Scientist

Business Contact:

Scott Hart
Financial Analyst
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive Manassas, VA 20110

EIN/Tax ID: 541502935
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Massachusetts Institute of Technolo
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building E19-750
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Contact: Kimberly Mann
Contact Phone: 6172533907