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Standard Electric Interface for Payload and Launch Vehicle Enabling Secondary…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
105176
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
O2.01
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Design_Net Engineering LLC
16080 Table Mountain Parkway Suite 500 Golden, CO 80403-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Standard Electric Interface for Payload and Launch Vehicle Enabling Secondary Rideshare
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CG35P
Award Amount: $99,956.00
 

Abstract:

Access to space for Small Satellites is enabled by the use of excess launch capacity. An integration process that minimizes risk to the primary, allows parallel integration and predictable cost/schedule for the secondary enables use of that capacity. Design_Net has developed and flown a Falcon 1 RideShare Adapter (RSA) and is developing a RSA for the Minotaur IV, EELVs and Falcon 9. An RSA is more than structure, it must have electronics to provide a single simple interface to the launch vehicle (constant from mission to mission), yet provide a standard set of services to Payloads. DNet has leveraged work on the Falcon RSA, work on advanced AFRL Plug and Play avionics and commercial investments to develop a modular Secondary Payload Support Unit (SPSU). SPSU provides deployment, power distribution, and telemetry services for secondaries. We propose building on that work by adding video capability to verify and evaluate payload deployment. During Phase 1 we develop the video to PDR level (Begin TRL 3; End TRL 4) and during Phase 2 carry development of that module coupled with the rest of the SPSU (currently at TRL 6) to TRL 8 and have a system ready for flight in 2012 timeframe.

Principal Investigator:

Gerry Murphy
Principal Investigator
3034620096
gmurphy@design-group.com

Business Contact:

Tom Adams
COO
3034620096
tadams@design-group.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Design_Net Engineering LLC
16080 Table Mountain Parkway, Suite 500 Golden, CO 80403-1648

EIN/Tax ID: 841365475
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No