MSDT - A Central Executive to Coordinate Rapid Mission and Spacecraft Design

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX09CC35P
Agency Tracking Number: 084502
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: S4.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
10311 W. Hampden Ave, Suite A-107, Lakewood, CO, 80227-4314
DUNS: 127689128
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ken Center
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 462-0096
Business Contact
 Tom Adams
Title: Business Official
Phone: (303) 462-0096
Research Institution
The integrated design centers currently in place at the Goddard and Ames research institutions are highly productive infrastructures, allowing a group of domain specialists to rally for intense, focused intervals of time around a mission concept, refining a design in spiral fashion using a palette of trusted in-house and commercial engineering analysis tools. This approach can be significantly streamlined if a standard data exchange mechanism is established between the elements of the toolchain and a centralized function is included to govern the initiation and management of design projects. DNet has developed the Mission and Satellite Design Tool (MSDT) for AFRL, which is the starting point for the creation of tactical satellites. MSDT will accept objectives for a mission and distill them to a spacecraft configuration, drawing from a database of support devices and modular software. MSDT also coordinates the assessment of that satellite configuration, interacting with traditional analysis tools to perform domain analysis and return measures of performance which can be compared to the original objectives. DNet proposes to enhance the current framework capability to be compatible with NASA's preferred analysis tools and provide a springboard for the development of the SBIRSat and subsequent missions based on its supporting technologies.

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