VISHWA SPACE DEBRIS ENGAGEMENT AND DEORBITING SYSTEM

VISHWA SPACE DEBRIS ENGAGEMENT AND DEORBITING SYSTEM

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-18-P-9210
Agency Tracking Number: F173-016-0111
Amount: $149,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2018
Solicitation Year: 2017
Solicitation Topic Code: AF173-016
Solicitation Number: 2017.3
Small Business Information
1 BROADWAY, 14 FL, CAMBRIDGE, MA, 02142
DUNS: 830994492
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 BHARGAV GAJJAR
 (321) 276-0380
 BHARGAV@MIT.EDU
Business Contact
 BHARGAV GAJJAR
Phone: (321) 276-0380
Email: BHARGAV@MIT.EDU
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Spent Rocket Bodies (SRB) from decades of launch of satellites into Earth orbit are the largest component of space debris by mass, and they may pose a significant present and future threat to operation of space systems in certain orbits. Most of these objects will remain in place for several more decades before they re-enter the Earths atmosphere and eventually burn up. Recognizing the broader challenges of space debris, multiple organizations have created concepts for mitigating that debris and de-orbiting space junk. The concepts include attaching propulsion modules, electrodynamic tethers, and drag enhancement devices including sails and balloons. USAF is interested in long term reduction in the number of large SRBs in low earth orbits, especially near-polar and sun synchronous orbits to help preserve and extend the effective use of space. Vishwa Robotics proposes a completely novel, low cost, use and lose, miniature space craft that will engage a tumbling SRB and stabilize it and perform a controlled deorbiting maneuver without use of any external tether or power source like solar panels, RTGs etc., except a small battery.

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