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Guidance, Navigation, and Control System for Maneuverable Pico-Satellites

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2010 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Austin Satellite Design, LLC
4104 Aqua Verde Dr. Austin, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Guidance, Navigation, and Control System for Maneuverable Pico-Satellites
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CB64C
Award Amount: $599,997.00


Pico-satellites are an emerging new class of spacecraft. Maneuverable pico-satellites require active guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) systems to perform coordinated tasks such as formation flying and automated rendezvous and docking. A compact, low power GN&C system will be fabricated and tested for use on pico-satellites. The proposed design provides 6 degrees-of-freedom (DOF) translation and rotation control in less than 25% of a 3-Unit CubeSat or 3 DOF rotation only control in less than one half a standard Cubesat volume. During Phase 2, flight components will be procured, integrated, and tested as a single embedded system and delivered as a flight unit for environmental qualification and in-orbit demonstration on a suitable pico-satellite flight opportunity. The technology is expected to reach TRL 6 by the conclusion of Phase 2.

Principal Investigator:

Glenn Lightsey
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Glenn Lightsey
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Austin Satellite Design
4104 Aqua Verde Drive Austin, TX 78746

EIN/Tax ID: 263253405
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
The University of Texas at Austin
Office of Sponsored Projects, P.O. Box 7727
Austin, TX 78713
Contact Phone: 5124711422