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Rapidly Reconfigurable Small-Sats for Enhanced Mission Capabilities

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC21C0070
Agency Tracking Number: 211826
Amount: $124,867.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z8
Solicitation Number: SBIR_21_P1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-04-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-11-19
Small Business Information
2800 Shirlington Road, Suite 801
Arlington, VA 22206-3601
United States
DUNS: 080912968
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Amit Mehra
 (202) 213-2846
Business Contact
 Amit Mehra
Phone: (202) 213-2846
Research Institution

NOVIrsquo;s offering is aimed at providing NASA with a modular and easily reconfigurable spacecraft bus that uses a customizable chassis structure in conjunction with a common set of avionics components and sub-systems for rapid and flexible deployment of payloads / constellations.nbsp;nbsp; The proposed approach not only offers new capabilities, timelines and cost paradigms for fielding CubeSat and ESPA-class spacecraft for a wide variety of mission needs and requirements, but also supports existing efforts to create more readily available COTS-based state-of-the-art products that enable modular, plug-and-play functionality.As part of the proposed Phase I effort, NOVI will:Demonstrate the flexibility and utility of the overall approach by focusing on a complicated and ldquo;distributedrdquo; payload for in-orbit capture and servicing, and use it to complete the detailed design of a ldquo;semi-customizedrdquo; spacecraft tailored for this use-case;Explore the use of AM to incorporate a high delta-V propulsion system with conformal tanks and propellant feed system elements, as well as an AM-based launch adapter and deployment system; andDevelop and trade workflow models for a longer-term manufacturing cell and ldquo;production-linerdquo; that combines flexible AM structure with an inventory of standardized, batch-sourced components to realize modular, swappable architectures that can rapidly be tailored for novel applications (without the need for significant nbsp;modifications to existing systems and platforms).

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