USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

Nanosatellite Sensor Suite

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
68758
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
03SB2-0635
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Systems & Processes Engineering Corporat
6800 Burleson Road Building 320 Austin, TX -
View profile »
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Nanosatellite Sensor Suite
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-0261
Award Amount: $749,946.00
 

Abstract:

Nanosatellites by their nature have low inertias and hence are prone to high angular rate motions. Many projected nanosatellite missions also need high pointing accuracy. SPEC's approach to developing a Nanosatellite Sensor System (NSS) is to highly integrate an optimal mix of low-cost, low-power, miniature sized sensors into a package capable of high accuracy and high bandwidth attitude/position determination. External interfaces have been configured to accommodate open standards and "plug-and-play" system architectures. The optimal set of sensors chosen was a combination of MEMS accelerometers and a magnetic field sensor for high bandwidth, short term attitude tracking, and a GPS sensor and dual star tracker assembly for low bandwidth, high accuracy pointing and position capability. The GPS sensor is used in a unique configuration to provide both position and angular attitude determination when combined with the magnetic field sensor data. Requirements for this enhanced performance have been confirmed based on expressions of interest in using NSS from both major aerospace primes and government users. The results of this program will be a flight ready prototype NSS system capable of immediate follow on flight test.

Principal Investigator:

Bradley Sallee
Principal Investigator
5124797732
sallee@spec.com

Business Contact:

Gerry McCone
Director of Contracts
5124797732
contracts@spec.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SYSTEMS & PROCESSES ENGINEERING CORPORAT
101 West Sixth Street Suite 200 Austin, TX 78701

EIN/Tax ID: 742426518
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No