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Development and Testing of an Autonomous Satellite Docking System

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
55485
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
99SB2-0113
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Michigan Aerospace Corporation
1777 Highland Drive, Suite B Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2285
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Development and Testing of an Autonomous Satellite Docking System
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: DAAH0101CR015
Award Amount: $0.00
 

Abstract:

Michigan Aerospace has developed a new autonomous satellite docking and servicing system for the Orbital Express program. The new design is based on analysis and technology assessments performed in the Phase I SBIR. As a result of this analysis andassessment, it was determined that the Michigan Aerospace docking and servicing mechanism design provides the most viable solution for both a near-term demonstration and operational autonomous satellite docking system. We also believe that further groundtesting of sensors and auto-GNC algorithms, as well as the docking and servicing mechanism, are required. A near-term test of these subsystems, individually and together as a system, will provide valuable hard data to support the Orbital Express designphase. Several organizations have prototypes of systems in these two areas, but require testing to validate their performance. In Phase II, Michigan Aerospace is proposing to build the next generation docking and servicing mechanism and test thismechanism along with the other systems described above, at Marshall Space Flight Center. It is believed that the technology development and testing plan proposed by Michigan Aerospace will help meet the requirements of the Orbital Express demonstrationand promote the maturation of technology needed for the operational system.

Principal Investigator:

Peter Tchoryk, Jr.
Project Manager
7349758777
ptchoryk@michiganaerospace.com

Business Contact:

Paul Hays
7349758777
phays@michiganaerospace.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORP.
1050 Highland Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48108

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