Micro-sized Microwave Atmospheric Satellite Cluster (MicroMAS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,851.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N10PC20252
Agency Tracking Number:
09ST2-0025
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
ST092-005
Solicitation Number:
2009.B
Small Business Information
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
9950 Wakeman Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
604717165
Principal Investigator:
Javier Luis
Chief Scientist
(617) 500-0249
jdeluis@aurora.aero
Business Contact:
Scott Hart
Financial Analyst
(617) 500-0536
shart@aurora.aero
Research Institution:
Massachusetts Institute of Technolo
Kimberly Mann
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building E19-750
Cambridge, MA, 02139-4307
(617) 253-3907
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Small satellites working in coordinated manner as part of a distributed constellation hold the promise to revolutionize DoD space operations. However, small satellites also have significant inherent limitations. Their size limits the types of sensors that they can accommodate. It also limits propulsion, power generation and attitude control capabilities. One way of overcoming some of these limitations is by developing a coordinated architecture where the resources of multiple smallsats are combined to accomplish the mission objective. Aurora proposes to systematically define how constellations of multifunctional small satellites can replace, enhance or augment existing space based capabilities through the investigation of of mission performance and technology infusion into those platforms. In this proposal, we will develop a systematic quantified methodology for analyzing various constellation architectures with military applications. This will allow us to quantify the benefit that small satellite constellations can provide to the DoD. Furthermore, this same methodology will allow us to identify key technologies whose development will greatly decrease the technical and programmatic risk. This work is based on modeling techniques that we have developed over the years and have applied to a range of missions, an example of which (Techsat 21) is presented in the proposal.

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