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Open System of Agile Ground Stations

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Espace Inc.
30 Lynn Avenue Hull, MA 02045-2216
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Open System of Agile Ground Stations
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX08CD58P
Award Amount: $99,547.00


There is an opportunity to build the HETE-2/TESS network of ground stations into an innovative and powerful Open System of Agile Stations, by developing a low-cost reconfigurable system based on the new commercial Software Designed Radios (SDR), and by establishing an internet based access system. We propose to develop a prototype core of the SDR ground station with open source hardware and software and test the prototype for reliability and performance in realistic space-to-ground link simulations, with real time switch between set of communication parameters. We'll conduct a feasibility/performance trade-off analysis, to assess the possibility of, and plan, the establishment of an experimental/operational Open System of Agile Stations using the HETE-2/TESS system to be completed within the SBIR Phase II program. The expected RF flexibility and internet-based operations of the time-shared stations will enable and facilitate the development and operations of microsat missions.

Principal Investigator:

Fran??ois Martel
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Fran??ois H. Martel
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Espace Inc.
30 Lynn Avenue Hull, MA 02045

EIN/Tax ID: 043321328
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No