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Flexible and Extensible Bus for Small Satellites (FEBSS)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
62248
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F031-0633
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AEROASTRO, INC.
20145 Ashbrook Place Ashburn, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Flexible and Extensible Bus for Small Satellites (FEBSS)
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA9453-04-C-0218
Award Amount: $749,221.00
 

Abstract:

For the past several years, AeroAstro has been unifying the results of its SBIR efforts into a central thrust to once and for all bring the cost of spacecraft buses below one million dollars. This has resulted in a modular stackable spacecraft system; the Plug'n'Sense software architecture standard which allows spacecraft subsystems to interact without a great deal of custom hardware or software; the Universal Small Payload Interface to make launch vehicle integration more transparent; and finally, the Flexible Extensible Bus for Small Satellites. The interface standards and the modular spacecraft design directly support the Responsive Space initiative, creating a spacecraft system with a fast-turnaround and one that is achievable at low-cost. The opportunity of FEBSS Phase II is to clear the final technical hurdle needed before a mission can take place: the creation of a set of core modules, solar power, batteries, and communications (with the Arbiter, the "Command & Data Handling" of the architecture). With just these modules a basic spacecraft bus can be assembled and flown. It is anticipated that in a Phase III effort a passive-ACS-type microsatellite mission could realistically be performed using only the three module types developed here.

Principal Investigator:

Scott McDermott
7037239800
scott.mcdermott@aeroastro.com

Business Contact:

Pat Davis
7037239800
pat.davis@aeroastro.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AEROASTRO, INC.
20145 Ashbrook Place Ashburn, VA 20147

EIN/Tax ID: 541931506
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No