MakerSat

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC18C0141
Agency Tracking Number: 174294
Amount: $749,977.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z8
Solicitation Number: SBIR_17_P2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-04-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-04-19
Small Business Information
11711 North Creek Parkway South, Suite D113, Bothell, WA, 98011-8808
DUNS: 877425330
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Blaine Levedahl
 Chief Scientist
 (425) 486-0100
 blevedahl@tethers.com
Business Contact
 Robert Hoyt
Phone: (425) 486-0100
Email: hoyt@tethers.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

As SmallSats become the “Satellite of Choice” for NASA and other Government and Private Space Missions, there is a growing need to enable SmallSats to perform “Long Baseline” and “Spatially Diverse” observation, measurement and collection missions.  Traditionally, these types of missions would be performed either by using formation flying or by using “large” satellites equipped with complex / advance deployable structures. The proposed “MakerSat Demonstration Mission” effort addresses a third alternative for accomplishing this class of missions:  In-Space Manufacturing “Constructable” technologies, that allow SmallSats to “grow / evolve” into significantly larger structures.  A SmallSat that once on orbit can increase its size from one to two orders of magnitude provides an exciting option to formation flying or deployable structures.  The goal of the proposed effort is to develop a demonstration mission that proves the viability of Constructable technologies as an alternative solution for “Long Baseline” and “Spatially Diverse” observation, measurement and collection missions.  

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