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Self-Contained Deorbit Package for Spacecraft

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
68761
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
03SB2-0650
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 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Self-Contained Deorbit Package for Spacecraft
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R056
Award Amount: $98,875.00
 

Abstract:

There was a time when the calculated probability that a Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) spacecraft might be struck by space debris was relatively small. Today that is not the case. With the quantity of debris presently in orbit, a spacecraft remaining in LEO for any appreciable length of time will be struck by space debris, most likely several times. At best the impact will simply puncture a non-essential piece of structure or perhaps degrade a solar array slightly; at worst it will cause a catastrophic failure of the spacecraft and generate additional debris. AeroAstro's solution is a robust, self-contained deorbiting aerobrake which will retire a space asset at the end of its useful lifetime. The Aerobrake Deorbiting System (ADS) would be attached before launch or on orbit to decommission a target spacecraft. In this Phase I effort, AeroAstro proposes to develop a conceptual design for a complete ADS including the aerobrake and other requisite systems.

Principal Investigator:

Scott McDermott
Principal Investigator
7037239800
scott.mcdermott@aeroastro.com

Business Contact:

Mike Conley
VP, Programs
7037239800
mike.conley@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