Power Management for PnP Spacecraft

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9453-08-C-0074
Agency Tracking Number: F071-286-1898
Amount: $746,861.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-286
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
10311 Hampden Ave. Suite A107, Lakewood, CO, 80227
DUNS: 127689128
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Wayne Boncyk
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 462-0096
Business Contact
 Bob Caruso
Title: CFO
Phone: (303) 462-0096
Email: bcaruso@design-group.com
Research Institution
This research work will culminate in an innovative Power Management and Distribution (PMAD) system design, operational software, a Plug and Play (PnP) Li Ion battery, and the radiation hardened components that support the new Space PnP Avionics (SPA) methodology for responsive spacecraft. The system will support a significant range of power requirements for satellites (100s of watts to over 10kW) with fewer configurable components and simple hierarchical management. The PMAD “smart” architecture design that supports the PnP principle along with the modular power management software and self managed battery will allow a high degree of autonomy for on-orbit operations. In addition, a sophisticated simulation tool to assist design engineers with component sizing and configuration and confirm that the power system meets the mission requirements will be validated against flight data. Anticipated benefits of the SPA compatible PMAD system are reduced design time, simpler integration, rapid mission configuration, more autonomous operation, and reduced mission operations as well as decreased cost and schedule.

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