Applying New Approaches in Platform Autonomy to Satellite Protection for Defensive Counterspace

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$99,959.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9453-07-M-0111
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-286-1269
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF071-286
Solicitation Number:
2007.1
Small Business Information
DESIGN_NET ENGINEERING LLC
10311 Hampden Ave. Suite A107, Lakewood, CO, 80227
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
127689128
Principal Investigator
 Ken Center
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 462-0096
 kcenter@design-group.com
Business Contact
 Tom Adams
Title: COO
Phone: (303) 462-0096
Email: tadams@design-group.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Developing a more efficient and capable decision support system for defensive counterspace can be accomplished in part by implementing several core capabilities at the space platform level. Threat detection, identification, and response implemented in autonomy on individual spacecraft allows each member of a constellation to participate in a distributed network, and the use of higher-powered processing on-orbit allows lower level signal fusion (and even higher level fusion with coordinated data exchanged on the space-space link between satellites) to be conducted without the latencies incurred by ground contact opportunities – thus improving space situational awareness. Our current work with AFRL has led to the development of data-centric software techniques and configuration tools that facilitate the rapid assembly of modular spacecraft assets to provide desired operational capability. These capabilities embody the Space Plug&play Avionics (SPA) standards designed to facilitate rapid call-up of tactical space capability. We will extend these tools and develop code and algorithms to implement a satellite “protection agent” to demonstrate the viability of the proposed approach. The core architecture and applicable numeric engines of the demonstrated autonomy framework will be migrated toward higher level fusion and decision support at the space operations center as part of phase II efforts.

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