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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 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Self-Contained Deorbit Package for Spacecraft
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-05-C-R065
Award Amount: $1,229,266.00
 

Abstract:

On the modern battlefield, remote sensing of the environment is critical to the success of a military mission. The currently available sensor deployment tools can be made more effective, through the augmentation of WASPS. Truly responsive, tactical remote sensing includes the capability to deliver a sensor to any location on Earth within hours. Two distinct capabilities are required, a global reach missile deployment capability and a rapidly deceleration from near-orbital velocities, at high altitudes, to deploy a sensor or observation system. This second required capability is as yet immature and achieving it is the objective of the WASPS system. A WASPS system provides the ability to rapidly place a "fragile" (i.e. requiring a low kinetic energy deployment) high-resolution remote sensor into a region of interest anywhere on Earth. Such an aerobraking system has an additional application; to be attached to a target spacecraft for the sole purpose of executing a retirement deorbit maneuver. This system will be designed so that it can either be attached to a spacecraft before launch or attached on orbit once the service lifetime of the target spacecraft has been reached.

Principal Investigator:

Bob Summers
Principal Investigator
7037239800
bob.summers@aeroastro.com

Business Contact:

Pat Davis
V.P., Programs
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