Small Payload Support Module

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: F2960103M0283
Agency Tracking Number: 031-1068
Amount: $69,943.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
605 Parfet St., Suite 120, Lakewood, CO, 80215
DUNS: 127689128
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gerald Murphy
 PI
 (303) 462-0096
 sbir@design-group.com
Business Contact
 Paul Donovan
Title: CFO
Phone: (303) 462-0096
Email: sbir@design-group.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The objective of this proposal is to demonstrate the feasibility of significantly reducing the time and costs to develop, integrate, manifest and fly a variety of small experiments or payloads, i.e., show the feasibility of flying small payloads in < 1year for < $1M. The opportunities and means for small experimental payloads to obtain space flight is a critical deficiency in our national space program efforts. Small payloads cannot afford their own launch vehicles, uniquely designed satellite busses,or ground support systems. The proposed Small Payload Support Module concept develops the right combination of launch and on-orbit support capabilities, and the innovative processes to bring this capability into existence. Design_Net Engineering will, 1)define the available launch space(s) and processes for timely manifesting on the STS, 2) identify the ISS locations where independent attached payloads could be hosted, 3) identify an independent communications system, 4) define a target generic payloadsupport capability, 5) define a Small Payload Support Module conceptual design and standardization, 6) identify the program cost, and 7) develop a plan for further program development and commercialization, based on our early small payload user input.Anticipated benefits are to reduce the backlog of existing payloads and experiments that are without a launch opportunity, to provide significant cost reductions in developing and launching small payloads, to further rapid advancement of scientific andengineering knowledge, and enhance risk reduction for space-related components and systems

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