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SCOUT: A Modular, Multi-Mission Spacecraft Architecture for High Capability…

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Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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2004 / SBIR
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20145 Ashbrook Place Ashburn, VA -
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: SCOUT: A Modular, Multi-Mission Spacecraft Architecture for High Capability Rapid Access to Space
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R071
Award Amount: $748,745.00


In this Phase II effort AeroAstro will refine and focus the rapid response, modular spacecraft architecture development, SCOUT, begun in Phase I. In Phase I AeroAstro identified several key, enabling technologies that must be matured to realize a responsive space military asset. Plug-and-Sense Connectivity - a software architecture that detects attached modules, communicates module use instructions, and identifies the physical properties, and geometric orientation of the module within the vehicle's stack. Smart Systems - utilize the vehicle's systems to aid in assembly, checkout, launch, and transition to operational status. Autonomous Operations - broad spectrum of autonomy from; self-detect, isolation, and repair of anomalies to; self-guided, goal-following on-orbit activities. Minimally Structured Spacecraft - a spacecraft structural design that is driven by on-orbit activities, not launch load requirements. This SBIR Phase II program will develop the key enabling technologies required by a rapid response spacecraft architecture. The immediate benefits to the US military space community are two-fold. First, the technologies developed in this program can be quickly realized in flight hardware, as part of a Phase III program, and a near-term rapid response spacecraft demonstration conducted. Secondly, the developed technologies, in whole or in part, can be integrated into conventional spacecraft designs to improve their performance.

Principal Investigator:

Scott McDermott
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Mike Conley
VP, Programs
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20145 Ashbrook Place Ashburn, VA 20147

EIN/Tax ID: 541931506
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Minority-Owned: No
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