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Miniaturized Spacecraft Platform for Command, Data Handling and Electronics

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX17CG52P
Agency Tracking Number: 174141
Amount: $124,964.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S3.08
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-12-08
Small Business Information
4775 Centennial Boulevard, Suite 130
Colorado Springs, CO 80919-3332
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Philpy
 Director of Programs
 (719) 531-0805
Business Contact
 Karen Van Cura
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (719) 531-0805
Research Institution

Microelectronics Research Development Corporation (Micro RDC) proposes to develop a platform of low mass/volume/power, reliable miniaturized electronic modules that can be easily configured for multi-functionality. The miniaturized module platform, comprised of reduced set of circuit boards, will be structured for easy configuration of spacecraft systems to provide reliable, low-power solutions for operation in harsh space environments. Each miniaturized module will be designed using a minimum number of components, thus reducing mass, volume and power, while increasing system reliability. The miniaturized modules will be designed using compact System on Chip (SoC) Radiation-Hardened-By-Design (RHBD) configurable digital Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) containing multi-core processors, static memory and built-in house-keeping logic, non-volatile memory and various interface components (Analog to Digital Converters, Digital to Analog Converters and other analog elements). This platform will leverage off of development work recently completed under a contract between Micro-RDC and the U.S. Air Force, where a 90nm CMOS RHBD configurable digital ASIC development platform was invented, developed and verified to produce Qualified Manufacturing Line (QML) qualified RHBD configurable digital ASICs. This digital ASIC development platform allows systems developers access to higher performance RHBD ASICs at lower cost than previous ASIC solutions. Miniaturized, advanced technology, multi-functional circuit board modules will enable satellite systems designers to develop lower cost system solutions for the common, present and future needs of spacecraft operating in harsh space environments, providing lower mass, lower volume and lower power solutions.

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