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I-HAMMER: Interactive Autonomy for Control of Space Assets

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F121-061-1747
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF121-061
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Traclabs, Inc.
100 Northeast Loop 410 Suite 520 San Antonio, TX 78216-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: I-HAMMER: Interactive Autonomy for Control of Space Assets
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA9453-12-M-0334
Award Amount: $149,841.00
 

Abstract:

ABSTRACT: The United States is increasingly reliant on space-based technologies for surveillance, communications, and navigation. However, our satellites face significant threats from external forces as well as the usual threats from failures, space weather, and orbital debris and must become more survivable. On-board satellite autonomy has been shown in several flight demonstrations to provide the ability to address these issues. Our approach leverages several decades of NASA and DOD research into autonomous systems. It includes a Mission Planner that takes as its input the current state of the satellite, the list of target observations and downlinks, and models of the available satellite activities and generates an ordered list of interdependent satellite actions with execution time windows. This is integrated with a Threat Response Planner that ensures that both the mission and the satellite are safe from failure and are responsive to opportunities. Taken together these components provide significant autonomous capability to the satellite. BENEFIT: The number of military satellites is growing quickly and they are critical to almost all military operations. The cost of operations of these satellites is also growing. Autonomy can reduce these operational costs if deployed progressively and if it is trusted. Military satellites also face increasing threats from space debris, enemy actions, and internal faults. Our system helps to mitigate those threats and allow for continued operation. Commercial satellites can also benefit from this technology once it has been proven by the DOD. NASA satellites and missions face demands for autonomy due to their distance from the Earth. We anticipate NASA uses for this technology as well.

Principal Investigator:

David Kortenkamp
President and CEO
(281) 461-7886
korten@traclabs.com

Business Contact:

David Kortenkamp
President and CEO
(281) 461-7886
korten@traclabs.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Traclabs, Inc.
100 Northeast Loop 410 Suite 520 San Antonio, TX -

EIN/Tax ID: 202601412
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No