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Plug-and-Play Structures for Satellite Applications

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
3 Phoenix, Inc.
14585 Avion Pwy Suite 200 Chantilly, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Plug-and-Play Structures for Satellite Applications
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9453-06-M-0203
Award Amount: $99,920.00


The concept of a plug-and-play (PnP) deployable structure intended for configuration, verification and check-out, and deployment presents large challenges in meeting short duration cycling requirements. Specifically, state awareness technologies (e.g., embedded sensing arrays) must be designed and implemented such that transmission of relevant information (e.g., load, vibration, etc.) is permitted among platform components or sub-systems without reconfiguration, thus maintaining flexibility in rapidly evolving battlefield conditions. Specific forms of information content that comprise this assessment include structural health monitoring (SHM), which is the online detection, localization, and quantification of damage; damage prognosis (DP), which couples SHM assessments with predictive models for evaluating future performance; and shape/loads estimation, which estimates global displacement configuration and load and could be used to verify satisfactory deployment or task completion and to augment SHM/DP estimates. Tantamount to realizing this capability is the utilization of an appropriate sensing system that (i) can provide the data needed to extract such information; and (ii) meets the needs for a rapid redeployment cycle on the platform of interest. Fiber optic arrays are an attractive candidate with a number of advantages. Standard fiber optic sensing provides high-resolution, large-bandwidth strain data, suitable for SHM/DP and loads/shape estimation, with rapid array reconfiguration capability.

Principal Investigator:

Gregg Johnson
Senior Lead Engineer

Business Contact:

Joseph A. Liverman
Program Director
Small Business Information at Submission:

13135 Lee Jackson Hwy, Suite 330 Fairfax, VA 22033

EIN/Tax ID: 201633533
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No