Recovery of In-Space Cubesat Experiments (RICE)

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,993.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CC51P
Award Id:
95312
Agency Tracking Number:
095900
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
X9
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
465 S Mathilda Avenue, Suite 103, Sunnyvale, CA, 94086
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
803834670
Principal Investigator:
Dinesh Prabhu
Principal Investigator
(408) 732-3028
dprabhu@eloret.com
Business Contact:
Jan Heinemann
CEO
(650) 604-6615
jheinemann@eloret.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
ELORET Corporation, in collaboration with the Space Systems Design Laboratory of Georgia Institute of Technology, proposes developing and demonstrating a capability/technology to de-orbit small payloads (approximately 1 kg) from Low-Earth Orbit and returning them to Earth safely. To achieve this goal, the current proposal has five objectives and associated tasks: 1. Surveying the Bio-science communities to define requirements for the first generation mission architecture. 2. Understanding the launch interface requirements such as mass, volume, vibro-acoustic loads, electromagnetic interference (EMI), etc. 3. Designing and developing the first generation of mission architectures including the key aspects of launch, in-space operation, entry trajectory analysis (EDL sequence), and landing/recovery. 4. Understanding and quantifying small spacecraft requirements for power, thermal control, communications, propulsion, etc., and developing the preliminary design of the spacecraft system using off the shelf technologies whenever possible. 5. Designing and developing a passive (i.e., without any chemical or aerodynamic deceleration devices), single-stage ballistic entry system (including the aeroshell). 6. Designing and developing the impact energy absorption system and thermal control system required for payload thermal management and survivability upon landing.

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