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Company Information:

Company Name: Microcosm, Inc.
City: Hawthorne
State: CA
Zip+4: 90250-6708
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://www.smad.com
Phone: (310) 219-2700

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $4,598,402.00 50
SBIR Phase II $22,409,405.00 29
STTR Phase I $99,964.00 1

Award List:

DEVELOPMENT OF PROTOTYPE MATH MODELING CONSTRUCTION SOFTWAREFOR HIGH SCHOOL MATH AND PHYSICAL SCIENCE COURSEWARE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1985 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: ED
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz , Investigator
Award Amount: $29,958.00

DEVELOPMENT OF PROTOTYPE MATH MODELING CONSTRUCTION SOFTWAREFOR HIGH SCHOOL MATH AND PHYSICAL SCIENCE COURSEWARE

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1986 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: ED
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz , Investigator
Award Amount: $158,312.00
Abstract:
Microcosm proposes to constracts prototype version of a software system to write courseware. a prototype math modeling construction program and math model execution program will be developed. this work is an extension of micrososm r&d on math modeling software for science and eng ineering. with this… More

NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR CONTROL OF THE ORBITAL TRANSFER VEHICLE FOR GPS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1987 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas L Mullikin
Award Amount: $62,981.00

NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR CONTROL OF THE ORBITAL TRANSFER VEHICLE FOR GPS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1988 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas L Mullikin
Award Amount: $402,000.00
Abstract:
Microcosm proposes to apply innovative technology to the problem of providing low cost control for an electric propulsion orbit transfer vehicle (otv) for the global positioning system (gps). specifically, during phase i we will establish the software and hardware configuration and specifications to… More

SPACECRAFT ATTITUDE DETERMINATION USING AI AND ATTITUDE MEASUREMENT INFORMATION THEORY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1990 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz , President
Award Amount: $50,000.00
Abstract:
Microcosm proposes to use ai techniques in conjunction with attitude measurement information theory pioneered by the principal investigator to develop a system capable of data rejection, ambiguity resolution, attitude determination, andbias calibration. the proposed technique maximizes the… More

Satellite Tool Kit - Mission Utility and Systems Engineering Module (STK/MUSE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. James R. Wertz
Award Amount: $205,638.00

INITIAL DEVELOPMENT OF A VERY LOW COST LAUNCH SER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1993 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Edward L. Keith
Award Amount: $238,729.00

Satellite Tool Kit - Mission Utility and Systems Engineering Module (STK/MUSE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. James R. Wertz
Award Amount: $428,345.00
Abstract:
Microcosm and Analytical Graphics propose to extend the existig commercial Satellite Tool Kit (STK) mission analysis system to incorporate sensor simulation and mission utility. The result will be the first general purpose, commercially available, space mission utility simulator. It will run on… More

INITIAL DEVELOPMENT OF A VERY LOW COST LAUNCH SER

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Edward L. Keith
Award Amount: $629,296.00
Abstract:
Microcosm proposes to undertake technical evaluation of a launch vehicle concept capable of reducing near-term launch costs by a factor of 10. Phase I will determine the government requirements which can be met by the proposed vehicle and conduct a formal review of a specific point design and the… More

VERY LOW COST GN&C FOR LAUNCH VEHICLES AND UPPER STAGES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz
Award Amount: $450,817.00
Abstract:
In cooperation with Northrop Corporation, Microcosm proposes a program to develop a star tracker based on the Mini-OWLS three axis miniaturized telescope. The Mini-OWLS optical head, developed and patented by Northrop, weighs only 18 grams and can track 6th magnitude stars with an accuracy of 10 arc… More

VERY LOW COST GN&C FOR LAUNCH VEHICLES AND UPPER STAGES

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz
Award Amount: $69,493.00

PRECISION AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION AND ORBIT CONTROL KIT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz
Award Amount: $59,923.00

Low-Cost, Integrated, Liquid Rocket Engine Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Edward L. Keith
Award Amount: $59,967.00

Ultra-Lightweight, Low-Cost Star Tracker

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator:
Award Amount: $68,295.00

Low-Cost, Integrated, Liquid Rocket Engine Development

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Edward L. Keith
Award Amount: $778,266.00
Abstract:
Microcosm proposes to develop a very low-cost, 5,000 pound thrust, upper-stage liquid rocket engine with thrust vector control (TVC) by secondary fluid injection. Our objective is to develop useful commercial hardware, and to establish the feasbility of very low-cost entgine development and… More

Interplanetary Autonomous Navigation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz , President
Award Amount: $69,981.00

A Simple, Low-Cost Gas Generator for Launch Vehicles and Space Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Edward L. Keith
Award Amount: $79,982.00

Low Cost, Generic GN&C Flight System for Launch Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1995 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Thomas P. Bauer
Award Amount: $79,380.00

PRECISION AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION AND ORBIT CONTROL KIT

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz
Award Amount: $674,364.00
Abstract:
We propose to use the Microcosm Autonomous Navigation System (MANS) software, to be flight tested on the TAOs program, to crate a low cost precision autonomous navigaiton and orbit control kit capable of: - Enhanced precision GPS-based navigation - Autonomous orbit maintenance and control - On-board… More

A Simple, Low-Cost Gas Generator for Launch Vehicles and Space Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Edward L. Keith
Award Amount: $748,948.00
Abstract:
Microcosm proposed to develop a simple, high-performance, high-reliability, low-cost gas generator for launch vehicle and space applications. The system will be based on Microcosm's design for a low-cost mixing gas generator and Allied Signal's liquid monopropellant 1846 HAN/TEAN developed for the… More

Low Cost, Generic GN&C Flight System for Launch Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Dr. Thomas P. Bauer
Award Amount: $740,501.00
Abstract:
New, lower-cost launch systems require a modern, economical Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) system. Microcosm has recently developed plans and prototype hardware for such a system with an order of magnitude lower cost than existing systems. However, a key problem is flight validation of… More

Generic COTS Attitude Determination and Control Software

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey L. Cloots
Award Amount: $99,851.00
Abstract:
Microcosm proposes to develop the first fully commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software system for spacecraft attitude determination and control and mission attitude analysis applicable to a wide variety of attitude modes, configuration, sensors, actuators, and environments. Although multi-mission… More

SOUNDING ROCKET VALIDATION OF LOW-COST LAUNCH VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Edward L. Keith , Senior Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $69,978.00

Autonomous Constellation Maintenance System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz
Award Amount: $99,962.00

Autonomous Constellation Maintenance System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz
Award Amount: $734,978.00
Abstract:
We have previously developed three elements related to this topic-the Microcosm Autonomous Navigation System, MANS, now being tested on TAOS; an extension of MANS to allow Kalman filtering and propagation through outages of GPS signals; and multiple orbit control algorithms developed on internal… More

Space-Based Imaging Radar Constellation with a 10-Year Life Cycle Cost Less Than $1 Billion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: James Wertz
Award Amount: $98,982.00
Abstract:
Microcosm and ERIM propose to combine multiple approaches to system cost reduction to define a near-term, moderate-risk, low-cost approach to achieving high-resolution space-based remote sensing with rapid revisit times. We will apply the methods successfully employed for small, low-cost spacecraft… More

Fast Track Lunar/Mars Autonomous Navigation And Orbit Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz , PRESIDENT
Award Amount: $69,952.00

Near Term, Ultra Low-Cost Expendable Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Edward L.Keith , SENIOR SYSTEMS ENGINEER
Award Amount: $69,966.00

SOUNDING ROCKET VALIDATION OF LOW-COST LAUNCH VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Edward L. Keith , Senior Systems Engineer
Award Amount: $599,508.00

GPS Masking and Visualization Tool

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeff Cloots
Award Amount: $99,876.00
Abstract:
Microcosm proposes to develop a GPS Masking and Visualization Tool (GMVT) to be incorporated in the GPS User Equipment Integrated Support Facility (ISF). The GMVT will determine GPS satellite visibility from a host vehicle taking into account signal masking due to vehicle structures and nearby… More

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Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Randolph Schaffer, Mgr. of Production & Test
Award Amount: $97,460.00

In-Space Testing of Satellite Servicing and Inspection Elements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Wertz, President
Award Amount: $98,610.00
Abstract:
By building on technology elements funded elsewhere, Microcosm proposes to develop an inspection and servicing architecture and test key components of that architecture in space by the end of Phase II, all within Phases I and II budgets. Phase I isprimarily a systems study concentrating on three… More

Modular, Miniature, Reconfigurable Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control Subsystem with Standard Interfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Wertz, President
Award Amount: $99,708.00
Abstract:
The lack of interface standards for information exchange amongspacecraft subsystems/avionics together with non-standardized,mission-unique GN&C architectures have resulted in high cost spacecraftsystems with long integration and test times and increased flightoperational complexity. Industry is in… More

Autonomous Expert GN&C System for Mars Rendezvous and Docking

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Dr. 1. Wertz, CEO
Award Amount: $69,575.00
Abstract:
Microcosm proposes to develop and validate a guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) package to perform fully autonomous rendezvous and docking operations applicable to Mars orbit or other planetary missions. Phase I will apply Microcosm¿s current autonomous GN&C systems, including autonomous… More

Structural Concepts and Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Anthony Mancuso, Head of Structures Group
Award Amount: $749,835.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, Microcosm demonstrated an all-composite cryogenic propellant tank fabricated out-of-autoclave. This revolutionary 42-inch LOX tank, tested with liquid nitrogen at 1.2 times maximum operating pressure, weighs 43% of one made of 2219 aluminum,and was produced for 15% of the cost. The… More

Structural Concepts and Components

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Anthony Mancuso, Head of Structures Group
Award Amount: $0.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, Microcosm demonstrated an all-composite cryogenic propellant tank fabricated out-of-autoclave. This revolutionary 42-inch LOX tank, tested with liquid nitrogen at 1.2 times maximum operating pressure, weighs 43% of one made of 2219 aluminum,and was produced for 15% of the cost. The… More

Application of Self-configuring Network for Plug-and-Play Device Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Hans Knigsmann, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $749,844.00
Abstract:
"Next generation spacecraft would benefit substantially from aself-configuring, fault tolerant, open system architecture to allowreduced cost and increased design modularity and flexibility. Thekey to achieving this is through the development of a low power MEMSnetwork interface that will include a… More

In Space Testing of Satellite Servicing Inspection Elements

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz, President
Award Amount: $732,804.00
Abstract:
"By building on elements from Phase I and related projects, the Microcosm team proposes to develop an inspection and servicing architecture and test key components in Phase II. Phase I concentrated on (1) system engineering trades leading to the developmentof a top level architecture, (2) benefits… More

Miniature Star Sensor Using Camera-on-a-Chip" CMOS Arrays for Daytime Stellar Imaging"

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James Wertz, President
Award Amount: $99,296.00
Abstract:
"Microcosm, with Eastman Kodak as a subcontractor, proposes to design and develop anew star sensor capable of viewing stars in daylight from sea level based on anoptical head designed by Microcosm and the Kodak DIGITAL SCIENCE CMOS array whichprovides enhanced responsiveness in the near IR. Optical… More

Autonomous Optical Navigation for Planetary Orbiters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz
Award Amount: $69,794.00
Abstract:
Using standard spacecraft attitude determination sensors, in particular a star sensor and planet sensors, an autonomous navigation system will be developed for planetary orbiters, offering absolute navigation accuracy on the order of ?100 m. This capability directly supports automated rendezvous and… More

Miniature Star Sensor Using Camera-On-A-Chip" CMOS Arrays"

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: James Wertz, President
Award Amount: $98,786.00
Abstract:
Microcosm, with Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), proposes to design a new, high-precision, very compact star sensor weighing less than 100 grams, with 3 independent 4-degree-square fields-of-view. Advanced processing capabilities ofcomplementary-metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS)

Automated Celestial Navigation System Employing Daytime Electronic Stellar Imaging

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz, President
Award Amount: $749,519.00
Abstract:
In Phase I, Microcosm established the feasibility of creating an Automated Celestial Navigation System (ACNS) employing daytime electronic stellar imaging, operating at sea level. In Phase II, a prototype ACNS will be developed and tested on the ground to validate the technology. The ACNS sensor… More

Development of a Low-cost 80-Klbf-Thrust Liquid-fueled Engine

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Shyama Chakroborty, Vice President
Award Amount: $99,939.00
Abstract:
Microcosm proposes to design and develop an 80-Klbf-thrust class LOX-Kerosene ablative engine that can be used in various launch vehicles for defense and commercial applications. The 80-klbf-thrust class engine facilitates the growth of capabilities for not only the expendable vehicles such as the… More

Low Cost, High Precision Navigation and Attitude Determination System for Microsatellites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz, President
Award Amount: $99,775.00
Abstract:
Microcosm and NAVSYS propose to develop and assess the performance of a precision navigation with integrated attitude determination (PNIAD) system designed specifically for microsatellites (mass < 100kg). Designing hardware for use on microsatellites requires more than simply reducing component… More

Scorpiusr Suborbital Rocket (SR-M) Expendable Vehicle Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Blake Bartosh, Senior Avionics Engineer
Award Amount: $4,294,783.00
Abstract:
Microcosm, Inc. is proposing to complete the buildup of the suborbital rocket (SR-M) vehicle and launch this vehicle within twelve months of the authority to proceed. The suborbital rocket SR-M can carry up to a 2,400 pound payload. The SR-M offers considerable flexibility and performance while… More

Low Cost, High Precision Navigation and Attitude Determination System for Microsatellites

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz, President
Award Amount: $749,998.00
Abstract:
In Phase II, Microcosm, with our principal subcontractor, NAVSYS, propose to develop a breadboard prototype of the Precision Navigation with Integrated Attitude Determination (PNIAD) system - a very compact package that integrates an IMU, a GPS receiver, and a small star sensor. Phase I focused on… More

Innovative, Low Cost, Plug-and-Play Intertial Measurement System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Thomas Morphopolous, Senior GN&C Engineer
Award Amount: $99,852.00
Abstract:
For this Phase I SBIR, Microcosm proposes to coordinate with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Plug-and-play Avionics (SPA) working groups to develop a breadboard Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) interface that meets the latest SPA interface standards. In addition, Microcosm will study… More

Miniature Star Sensor Using "Camera-on-a-Chip" CMOS Arrays

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz, President
Award Amount: $746,299.00
Abstract:
In Phase II, the Microcosm team will develop a brassboard miniature star sensor, MicroMak, which will provide nanosatellites with high bandwidth, moderate- to high accuracy, low cost attitude determination. It will be designed with plug-and-play capability consistent with a newly proposed… More

Plug-and-Play Inertial Measurement Unit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Wertz, President
Award Amount: $749,931.00
Abstract:
In Phase II, the Microcosm team proposes to develop a MEMS IMU that will provide nanosatellites with a low-cost, low-power, small-footprint navigation sensor that outputs information on par with LN-200 class IMUs. The MEMS IMU will be designed with plug-and-play (PnP) capability consistent with… More

X-Ray Pulsar Based Navigation and Time Determination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul Graven, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,969.00
Abstract:
DARPA recently initiated the XNAV program to undertake development of GPS independent, precision navigation and time determination based on observations of certain extremely stable millisecond X-ray pulsars for near Earth military applications. The groundwork for this effort comes from more than a… More

Comprehensive Business Case Analysis and Development System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul Graven, Director of Technology Development
Award Amount: $99,977.00
Abstract:
Microcosm, along with partners San Francisco Consulting Group, Booz|Allen|Hamilton, and Syncopation Software, propose to architect and develop processes and tools that will enable MDA to generate consistent, high-quality business case analyses to evaluate and manage its project portfolio. These… More

Generic Adaptive Approaches for Orbit and Attitude Determination on Earth Pointing Spacecraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Graven, Director of Technology Development
Award Amount: $99,871.00
Abstract:
Many critical space assets include imaging payloads that keep vigilant watch over the Earth's surface. The navigation (NAV) and attitude determination and control (ADCS) approaches traditionally used to control these assets rely on the use of GPS (Global Positioning System) and a variety of ADCS… More

High Accuracy, Radiation Hard Star Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Wertz, President
Award Amount: $99,749.00
Abstract:
Based on an existing miniature star sensor called MicroMak currently in development, Microcosm will design a derivative star sensor with sub-arcsecond attitude accuracy, radiation tolerant to 300kRad, maintaining high performance for the life of the sensor. The high performance requirements demand… More

Lightweight, Composite Cryogenic Tank Structures

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Aaron S. Leichner, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,988.00
Abstract:
Microcosm has developed and qualified strong, all-composite LOX tanks for launch vehicles. Our new 42-inch diameter tank design weighs 486 lbs and burst without leaking at 2,125 psi, within 3.5% of the predicted burst pressure. This SBIR will analyze, design, build, and test much lighter weight all… More

X-Ray Pulsar Based Navigation and Time Determination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul K. Graven, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,730.00
Abstract:
Microcosm will build on the Phase I X-ray pulsar-based navigation and timing (XNAV) feasibility assessment to develop a detailed XNAV simulation capability to evaluate navigation performance for specific missions of interest, and create an XNAV flight software experiment ready to integrate on an… More

Laser Communications Based Navigation and Attitude Determination

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Research Institution: APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY
Principal Investigator: Paul Graven, Director of Technology Development
Award Amount: $99,964.00
RI Contact: Raymond Sova
Abstract:
In Phase I, Microcosm and John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), with Aster Labs, and HRP Systems, will develop and validate algorithms and performance simulations for using range and orientation data from onboard laser communications terminals for spacecraft navigation and attitude… More

A Sustainable Spacecraft Component Database Solution

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul Graven, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,988.00
Abstract:
Numerous spacecraft component databases have been developed to support NASA, DoD, and contractor design centers and design tools. Despite the clear utility of component databases for improving and accelerating the spacecraft design process, they are observably uneconomic for individual… More

Plug-and-Play Star Sensor for Rapid Spacecraft Integration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,962.00
Abstract:
Microcosm, with Space Micro., and HRP Systems will design a plug-and-play (PnP) star sensor for small satellites. All three companies are well experienced in developing PnP systems for the U. S. Air Force during the past 6 years. On an existing Phase II Air Force SBIR program, Microcosm built a… More

Generic Adaptive Approaches for Orbit and Attitude Determination on Earth Pointing Spacecraft

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Paul Graven, Director of Technology De
Award Amount: $749,936.00
Abstract:
In Phase II, the Microcosm team proposes to build on the Phase I concept of creating a plug-and-play (PnP) attitude/orbit determination and control system (AODCS) that facilitates both rapid integration and on-board discovery, by adding autonomous AODCS planning, trajectory optimization features,… More

Radiation Hard, Moderate Accuracy MicroMak Star Sensor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: James Wertz, President
Award Amount: $749,983.00
Abstract:
Based on Microcosm's MicroMak miniature star sensor, for which a breadboard version was built on a current Phase II SBIR with AFRL, Microcosm will implement design improvements to substantially increase the sensor lifetime and survivability with the addition of radiation hard components, and… More

Plug-and-Play Star Sensor for Rapid Spacecraft Integration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,899.00
Abstract:
Microcosm, with partners Space Micro and HRP Systems, will design, build, and test a plug-and play (PnP) star sensor for small satellites, achieving TRL 6 at the completion of Phase II. All three companies are very experienced in developing PnP systems. On a recent Phase II Air Force SBIR program,… More

Lunar Navigator - A Miniature, Fully Autonomous, Lunar Navigation, Surveyor, and Range Finder System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,945.00
Abstract:
Microcosm proposes to design and develop a fully autonomous Lunar Navigator based on our MicroMak miniature star sensor and a gravity gradiometer similar to one on a ship-board celestial navigation system designed by Microcosm for the Navy. The new sensor will provide surface navigation on the Moon… More

Bottom Up Project Cost and Risk Modeling

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul Graven, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,917.00
Abstract:
Microcosm along with its partners HRP Systems, End-to-End Analytics, and ARES Corporation (unfunded in Phase I), propose to develop a new solution for detailed data gathering to support improved ground-up cost estimation. It will enable frequent collection and archiving of cost and other data down… More

Self-Calibration and Self-Alignment (SC/SA) for Spacecraft GN&C Components and Payload

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Paul Graven, Director of Technology Programs
Award Amount: $99,848.00
Abstract:
Microcosm and HRP Systems, with Boeing providing in-kind support, will develop a self-calibration/self-alignment (SC/SA) system for spacecraft guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) systems and payloads to simplify the spacecraft assembly, integration, and test (AI&T) process, reducing both… More

NanoEye -- Ultra-Light-Weight Surveillance System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: James Wertz, President
Award Amount: $119,683.00
Abstract:
Microcosm and its principal subcontractor, ITT Space Systems Division, propose to develop an EO/IR payload for unmanned, high-altitude airships or satellites in LEO or HEO. ITT has a current design for a 10-inch, f/10, physically compact, space-based instrument that weighs less than 3.0 kg. At… More

Unibody Composite Pressurized Structure (UCPS) for In-Space Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Markus Rufer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,987.00
Abstract:
Microcosm, in conjunction with the Scoprius Space Launch Company (SSLC), will develop a Unibody Composite Pressurized Structure (UCPS) for in-space propulsion that constitutes a clean break from traditional spacecraft design by combining what were traditionally separate spacecraft primary and… More

Lunar Navigator - A Miniature, Fully Autonomous, Lunar Navigation, Surveyor, and Range Finder System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James R. Wertz, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,925.00
Abstract:
Microcosm will use existing hardware and software from related programs to create a prototype Lunar Navigation Sensor (LNS) early in Phase II, such that most of the effort can be spent in extensive field-testing, making corrections as needed, and critical evaluation of the LNS performance on Earth… More

X-ray Detection and Processing Models for Spacecraft Navigation and Timing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul Graven, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,971.00
Abstract:
Based on work done under Microcosm's recently completed Phase II SBIR program on X-ray pulsar based navigation (XNAV), relevant X-ray source characterization, X-ray detector measurement models, and source timing models will be developed to support eventual implementation in the GEONS flight… More

Deep Space Navigation and Timing Architecture and Simulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul Graven, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,916.00
Abstract:
Microcosm will develop a deep space navigation and timing architecture and associated simulation, incorporating state-of-the art radiometric, x-ray pulsar, and laser communications measurements. The solution will center on the maintenance and propagation of navigation states, time and associated… More

CubeSat Deorbit Module

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Tom Bauer, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,920.00
Abstract:
Microcosm, with consultants HRP Systems and CrossTrac Engineering, proposes to develop a plug-and-play (PnP), low-cost CubeSat deorbit module for end-of-life CubeSat disposal. This type of system is essential if NanoSat capabilities are to be leveraged effectively without increasing the danger from… More

NanoEye -- Ultra-Light-Weight Surveillance System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: James Wertz, President
Award Amount: $548,286.00
Abstract:
Under Phase I Microcosm and ITT developed the conceptual design for NanoEyef,>, a low-cost, light-weight, responsive space surveillance system based on existing hardware for essentially all components and a Microcosm structure using existing composites technology. Both a Tech Demo mission and set of… More

Gravity Aided Navigation for Navy Platforms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Paul Graven, Director of Technology De
Award Amount: $99,586.00
Abstract:
Microcosm in collaboration with ASTER Labs and Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems/Sperry Marine will develop a gravity aided inertial navigation systems (GAINS) for SSBNs and other US Navy platforms. Navy policy requires the availability of non-GPS means of navigation and approaches for long-term… More

A Low Cost Orbital Debris Removal System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Richard Allen, VP and Director, Space Sy
Award Amount: $69,791.00
Abstract:
SatNetT is a low-cost orbital debris removal system in which a "net" is launched via a suborbital launcher into the path of a spacecraft in a highly elliptical orbit or circular low Earth orbit. The hypervelocity impact between the spacecraft and net largely destroys both and reduces the velocity of… More

Unibody Composite Pressurized Structure (UCPS) for In-Space Propulsion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Markus Rufer, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,969.00
Abstract:
Microcosm, in conjunction with the Scoprius Space Launch Company (SSLC), will develop a Unibody Composite Pressurized Structure (UCPS) for in-space propulsion that constitutes a clean break from traditional spacecraft design by combining what were traditionally separate spacecraft primary and… More

X-ray Detection and Processing Models for Spacecraft Navigation and Timing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul Graven, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $746,380.00
Abstract:
In Phase II, XNAV performance will be enhanced through the development of single photon processing algorithms, which utilize all available photon time data to improve the accuracy of XNAV. A detailed model of the XNAV system, including single photon techniques will be implemented in Orbit… More

Deep Space Navigation and Timing Architecture and Simulation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul Graven, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $597,239.00
Abstract:
The Microcosm team will complete the simulation tool architecture early in Phase II, and in parallel begin to develop the simulation. The tool is architected for carrying out performance analysis and rapid trade study assessments of competing navigation/timing architecture options for future NASA… More

Celestial X-ray Source Modeling and Catalogues for Spacecraft Navigation and Timing

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Paul Graven, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,810.00
Abstract:
The Microcosm X-ray pulsar-based navigation and timing (XNAV) team will provide the software and modeling infrastructure for NASA to support XNAV operations, focusing on detailed X-ray source modeling. These models can be used to evaluate the potential of using measurements of photon energy and/or… More

Light-weight, Low-Cost, Stellar-Aided Inertial Navigation System for Unmanned Aerial Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: James Wertz, President – (310) 219-2700
Award Amount: $99,890.00
Abstract:
Microcosm will leverage previous Phase II SBIR work on a Navy stellar-aided inertial navigation system (SAINS), along with extensive ongoing experience in developing new star sensors for spacecraft for both the Air Force and NASA, to develop a low-cost, light-weight, low power SAINS for UAS… More

Pulsar Signal Processing for Spacecraft PNT Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Paul Graven, Director of Technology De – (310) 219-2700
Award Amount: $749,710.00
Abstract:
The Microcosm team will develop the detailed X-ray source signal processing, timing algorithms and analytical tools that will form the basis for development of an X-ray pulsar based timing and navigation (XTIM) system. This capability will support planning, development and data analysis for the… More

Hummingbird - A Very Low Cost, High Delta V Spacecraft for Solar System Exploration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Richard E. Van Allen, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $124,945.00
Abstract:
Based on Microcosm's development of a high delta-V small Earth observation spacecraft called NanoEye, with a planned recurring cost of $2 million, Microcosm will develop a new class of very low cost, light weight, extremely capable spacecraft for NASA science and exploration missions, from… More