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On-board Swarm Control for Autonomy and Responsiveness (OSCAR)

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC21C0117
Agency Tracking Number: 211622
Amount: $124,930.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T10
Solicitation Number: STTR_21_P1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-05-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-06-19
Small Business Information
7852 Walker Drive
Greenbelt, MD 20770-3208
United States
DUNS: 110592016
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ken Center
 (240) 391-3310
Business Contact
 Kenneth Center
Phone: (240) 391-3310
Research Institution
 Regents of the University of Colorado
3100 Marine Street, Room 450
Boulder, CO 80303-1058
United States

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 Nonprofit College or University

Orbit Logic is teamed with the University of Colorado (CU) to develop the On-board Swarm Control for Autonomy and Responsiveness (OSCAR) solution. OSCAR will leverage Orbit Logicrsquo;s heritage Autonomous Planning System (APS) onboard planning/response framework and CUrsquo;s heritage satellite formation flying and orbit control algorithms to develop a capability that will allow a swarm of planetary-orbiting satellites to dynamically adapt their configuration to accommodate varying mission needs. OSCAR will be capable of determining, planning and orchestrating the relative movement of each swarm element to meet a variety of needs, including ldquo;convoysrdquo; allowing events detected by leading satellites to trigger follow-up responses by following satellites, or single/multiple synthetic apertures enabling coordinated collection of space-resident or planetary surface data by multiple asset elements.OSCAR will be validated and matured through simulation runs performed against the Basilisk Astrodynamics Framework, developed jointly by the University of Colorado AVS Lab and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). Basilisk will host models of satellite subsystem-oriented functionality representative of previously flown science and exploration missions. Runs will be performed on computing elements representative of contemporary satellite flight processors to confirm that the software solution is suitable for execution in constrained processing and memory environments.

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